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Nicki Fellenzer: The latest "study" on gun owners
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... "...these authors not only mischaracterized the behaviors that define road rage, they also drew no direct causative link between gun ownership and violent behavior on the road. They failed to prove that the presence of guns necessarily precipitates their use in road rage situations, although they’re quick to make offensive implications about the subject. 'If someone is giving you the finger, it may be useful to have some sense of whether or not they have a gun,' they claim. They never directly state what they obviously allude to: that if you retaliate, you might get shot. They cannot make that claim, because they have established no factual evidence that points to this risk. However, they appear anxious to make that intimation." ...
 

Good For the Country: The Liberty Nuts, Part I. (blog)
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"As a gun owner, columnist and author, I’m asked, 'You write socio-political complaints and your own idea of an answer, but what are you for?'"

"That’s easy. Sit back and have a cup for this series.

"Many people believe people like me are gun nuts. Actually, we’re Liberty Nuts. For us, it’s not all guns; for us, it's a much broader picture of generations of liberty, sacrifice, connectivity to it all." ...

"Personal weapons ... is an integral part of our way of life, and any interference with this choice means other interferences to come. This is consistent around the world. How is America immune? Well, she isn’t."

"This is how the carrying of weapons is a barometer -- a predictor -- of the health of all our other civil rights, including freedom of speech, assembly, religion, security in our person and papers ..." ...
 

Of Wiretaps, Google Searches and Handguns
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Defenders of these governmental intrusions generally point to the threat that terrorists' access to international telecommunications channels ... pose. There is a trade-off, they intone, between liberty and security."

"This is, of course, true in a general sense, but what I find interesting is that so many of the defenders of these policies would never make similar arguments in other contexts, say about the need to limit unfettered access to handguns."

"The second amendment stipulating that the 'the right of the people to keep and bear arms, shall not be infringed' is interpreted so literally that it has led, in part, to almost 400 of my fellow Philadelphians (and nearly 12,000 people nationally) being killed last year by guns ..." ...
 

The loving arms of arms lovers
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"I have joined the NRA."

"Some well-meaning reader has paid $35 to buy me a one-year membership in the National Rifle Association, no doubt as a remedy for all the misguided, pro-consumer sentiment that's come to characterize this column."

"(The NRA won't say who bought me the membership, but I'm pretty sure it's one of you because The Chronicle was given as my home address.)" ...

"Yes, my name is now associated with a commercial good that's responsible for the killing of at least eight children and teenagers every single day (a record of product efficacy, as far as young people go, that not even the tobacco industry can touch)." ...
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Submitter's Note: Of course when you remove the 18 and 19 year olds from the "teenagers", your 'gun deaths' drop to 3.6 per day. Remove the suicides from that under 18 group and it drops to 1.09 per day.
 

The gun heard 'round the West
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"A famous ad that most boy baby boomers will recall from Boys' Life, the old scouting magazine, showed a happy lad, carrot-topped and freckly like any number of Peck's Bad Boys, his teeth haphazardly arrayed within his wide, gleeful mouth under eyes wide as pie platters as he exclaimed on Christmas morn, 'Gee, Dad ... A Winchester!'"

"All gone, all gone, all gone. The gun as family totem, the implied trust between generations, the implicit idea that marksmanship followed by hunting were a way of life to be pursued through the decades, the sense of tradition, respect, self-discipline and bright confidence that Winchester and the American kinship group would march forward to a happy tomorrow -- gone ... " ...
 

Learn to Point and Shoot
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Other than a one-shot try at a Kiwanis turkey shoot when I was 12, I have never held a gun. They scare me. I've always felt as if the people who love guns were a little, um, half-cocked. ..."

"So how is it I ended up in a Fairfax shooting range, blasting away at a target with a semi-automatic pistol?"

"This escapade began when my friend Renee and I were throwing around ideas of things to do with our women friends that went beyond book club and Bunko. For some unknown reason, I suggested that we try being gunslingers. As luck would have it, one friend's husband frequented a local shooting range, and a girls outing was quickly arranged." ...

"There's no question about it. Shooting a pistol was empowering. I left feeling confident and not as afraid of firearms as I was earlier in the day. ..." ...
 

Feds secure NFL profits instead of football fans?
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"While Sunday's Super Bowl in Detroit will be the largest security operation for any event in history, some Homeland Security and U.S. Customs officers are being diverted from protecting the spectacle from terrorists to busting individuals suspected of selling counterfeit NFL memorabilia." ...

"But some terrorism experts are wondering how and why the Department of Homeland Security could possibly be involved in confiscating T-shirts when the nation – and especially high-profile events like the Super Bowl – remain potential targets of terrorism." ...

"Some international terror analysts and intelligence sources told Joseph Farah's G2 Bulletin this week they see a high likelihood of a major terrorist attack next Sunday." ...
 

OH: My View column for Feb. 5, 2006
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"America had a large budget surplus. It was also a time when more than 150 million handguns were in circulation; gunshot wounds were the second-leading cause of death for all persons between the ages of 10 and 35; and more pre-schoolers died of gunshot wounds than police officers ..." ...

[KABA Note: And more than 8 times as many pre-schoolers accidentally drowned as were killed with a firearm in 2003, which is another meaningless comparison.]

"Gun violence is a raging fire. And if you want to put out a fire, you deprive it of fuel, heat and oxygen."

"The fuel is the idea that guns deter crime; but as the FBI reports, the reality is that there were only 163 cases of justifiable self-defense [sic] out of more than 30,000 gun deaths in 2003. The heat for this raging fire is ready access to guns ... Its oxygen is the belief that all guns are OK and this notion was given new breath by the failure to renew the ban on assault weapons." ...
 

Australia: Gun culture allows politicians to go off half-cocked
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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... "Much about America is puzzling for an Australian. This gun stuff is as puzzling as the fact that America remains the only liberal democracy to have state-sanctioned executions." ...

"There were 12,000 handgun deaths in the US last year and only 160 or so of these were ruled to have been in self-defence. The gun lobby argument that people need weapons to defend themselves is nonsense. So is the argument that the US constitution guarantees Americans the unfettered right to have and use guns. Everyone must know it - the gun lobbyists and the gun control activists, Democrats and Republicans. Indeed, most Americans do know it. Almost 60 per cent are in favour of stricter gun control." ...
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An excellent fisk of the piece was done by News Director Nicki Fellenzer on her blog.
 

OK: Charge against Wyandotte man dismissed
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Ottawa County prosecutors dismiss a first-degree murder charge against a Wyandotte man after authorities determined that the shooting was self-defense."

"Twenty-one-year-old Michael Anthony Morrison was charged May 2nd in the shooting death of Keith Alexander Gordon." ...

"District Attorney Eddie Wyant says an investigation revealed that Gordon was running at Morrison with a belt-like vest containing several shotgun shells, knives and machetes."

"Wyant says Gordon's relatives removed the vest from his body and hid it in their home nearby."

"Witnesses say Morrison grabbed his gun from his vehicle and shot Gordon when he began running at him with a machete in his hand."
 

NC: Surry man shoots home intruder
Submitted by: New York State Rifle & Pistol Association
Website: http://www.nysrpa.org

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"A homeowner shot and injured a man who broke into his house this morning, the Surry County Sheriff's Office said."

"Greg and Ashley Durham ... woke up about 3:30 when they heard their dog barking outside ..."

"They saw a person wearing what looked like a hood walking near the back of their house, and called 911."

"The man forced open a locked door and came in the front of the house."

"Greg Durham 'shot the disguised unknown person after the entry into the living quarters of the house, using a .22-caliber rifle,' the statement said."

"Deputies arrived and found Jason Garrett Chilton, 20, lying on the floor in the front room with a gunshot wound. He was wearing a pillowcase over his face, the statement said." ...
 

NY: Snub
Submitted by: New York State Rifle & Pistol Association
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"Mayor Bloomberg is snubbing President Bush - declining to show up at a White House gala after his gal pal's bid for a top Washington job was shot down by the National Rifle Assocation." ...

"Bloomberg's absence at the White House gala is all the more stunning because he's a huge financial patron of the Harlem dance group - having recently given them a half-million dollars - and a slew of other New Yorkers, all invited by the president and First Lady Laura Bush - will be present, including Gov. Pataki and members of the congressional delegation." ...
 

CO: Time to extend 'make-my-day'
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"A jury may soon decide whether Christakes Christou is a vigilant business owner defending his property from a burglar or a trigger-happy barkeep."

"We're not prepared to make that call, given the sketchy facts known so far. But the case of Christou ... may lend support to a bill that would expand Colorado's 'make-my-day' law." ...

"... Christou cannot use the 1985 Colorado Homeowner Protection Act, aka make-my- day, in his defense. That law ... covers only homes, not businesses."

"That distinction should be changed. And House Bill 1246, now before the legislature, provides an opportunity to expand self-defense rights to cover other places where predatory intruders can endanger people and their possessions." ...
 

OH: Ohio News Network details Ohio Police Chief Assoc. concerns with HB347 (BFA)
Submitted by: Buckeye Firearms Association
Website: http://www.buckeyefirearms.org

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"The Ohio News Network (ONN) is running a segment on HB347."

"The segment includes statements in support of HB347 from the bill's sponsor, Representative Jim Aslanides, as well as from Buckeye Firearms Association Legislative Chair Ken Hanson. ..."

"John Gilchrist, and attorney for the Ohio Police Chief Association, speaks in opposition of the bill."

"See entire video here: ONN - Concealed Carry Law Questions" ...
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Submitter's Note: See the story for background on Mr. Gilchrist's previous statements against concealed carry, and see if they've come true!
 

WI: Gun rights activist gives Wisconsin governor, legislators the "Criminal Protection Award"
Submitted by: Michael L. Bane
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"Mike responded swiftly to the defeat of Wisconsin's Personal Protection Act by awarding Governor James Doyle and Representatives John Steinbrink and Terry Van Akkeren the 'Criminal Protection Award'. The awards, in the form of certificates, were mailed to each recipient with a cover letter expressing disappointment that their actions necessitated the award."

"Doyle vetoed the Personal Protection Act after it passed both houses of the Wisconsin legislature. Steinbrink and Van Akkeren, who voted in favor of the bill originally, changed their position on the bill after Doyle's veto, and voted against overriding the veto in the Assembly. It was their votes that made the difference ..." ...
 

MI: Bill would allow guns in car trunks
Submitted by: Michigan Gun Owners
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"Firearms owners would be permitted to carry unloaded weapons in their trunks, even if they don't have a hunting license, under legislation under consideration in the state House."

"Rep. Tim Moore, the sponsor, said many well-meaning people are unintentionally breaking the present law."

"'We want to make sure that law-abiding citizens don't face penalties,' said Moore, calling it a 'common sense bill.'" ...

"Currently, gun owners who are transporting guns must either have a hunting license or be en route to or from a 'rifle or target range, trap or skeet shooting ground, or archery range.' Violations carry a maximum penalty of 90 days in jail and a $250 fine." ...
 

MD: Legislation to ban Internet hunting gaining steam
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Maryland is poised to join a growing number of states in banning Internet hunting, a cyber-age activity that even some avid outdoorsmen consider unsporting."

"It allows a person viewing a Web site to remotely fire a gun at live game."

"'It's really a terrible idea,' said state Sen. John Astle, a hunting enthusiast who is among the key sponsors of legislation that would prohibit the practice. 'The idea you can sit in your computer room, maybe thousands of miles away, just flies in the face of the hunting ethic.'"

"At least 10 states have passed laws prohibiting the practice, and Rep. Tom Davis, R-Va., has introduced legislation in Congress that would ban Internet hunting across state lines." ...
 

MS: 'Castle Doctrine' offers comfort to citizens
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"The media have given a great deal of attention recently to a bill in the Mississippi Senate that I co-authored."

"Senate Bill 2426, commonly referred to as the 'Castle Doctrine' legislation, passed the Senate last month on a 35-9 vote." ...

"I believe this legislation is good for Mississippi citizens. Its premise is that your home is your castle and you should be able to defend yourself against attackers there."

"Mississippi law currently requires that you must prove you were in imminent danger of great personal injury inside your home before use of deadly force to defend yourself and your family will be considered legally justified." ...
 

Missouri Protect Your Loved Ones by Contacting Senate Committee Members!
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"On Monday, February 6, the Senate Judiciary & Civil and Criminal Jurisprudence Committee will hear Senate Bill 571, sponsored by Sen. John Cauthorn (R-18). SB 571 provides that Missourians do not have a duty to retreat, and may use whatever force necessary to defend themselves, their family, and their property from an attacker."

"Monday's committee hearing begins at 7:00 p.m., so please be sure to contact the following committee members and urge them to protect your right to self-defense by supporting SB 571:" ...
 

Kentucky Legislative Update!
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Sponsored by Representative Carolyn Belcher (D-72) HB 290,the 'Gun Owner Protection Act,' will be heard in the House Judiciary Committee on Wednesday, February 8. This critical legislation ensures the names of concealed firearm license holders are not released to the public. It prohibits employers from enacting or enforcing policies that keep employees from storing lawfully-owned firearms in their vehicles while at work. HB 290 also prohibits government officials from regulating lawful firearms ownership during a state of emergency. ..."

"HB 236 will also be heard in the House Judiciary Committee. Sponsored by Representative J.R. Gray (D-6), this bill enacts the 'Castle Doctrine' in Kentucky. ..." ...
 

Washington Gun Show Legislation Defeated!
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"SB 5343, a bill that would have prohibited non-licensed individuals from buying, selling, or trading firearms from their private collections at gun shows without conducting the exchange through a licensed firearm dealer in Washington, was defeated Wednesday, February 1. The Senate Judiciary Committee cast 5 of their 8 votes in opposition to this restrictive legislation."

"Please call the committee members who voted 'No', to thank them for holding firm against this terrible legislation (especially Senator Luke Esser (R-48) and Senator Marilyn Rasmussen (D-2)) at (800) 562-6000." ...
 

Indiana Legislative Update on HB 1028 & HB 1176
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"The Indiana House passed two critically important pro-gun measures this week: HB 1028, sponsored by Rep. Eric Koch (R-65), prohibits employers from enforcing policies that ban employees from lawfully possessing firearms in locked vehicles on employers’ property and also codifies in state code that there is no duty to retreat from an attacker, further enhancing your right to self-defense. HB 1028 was passed with overwhelmingly bi-partisan support by a vote of 82-18."

"Also this week, HB 1176, sponsored by Rep. Troy Woodruff (R-64), passed by a vote of 78-21. HB 1176 allows for Right-to-Carry permits to be renewed online, as well as to allow for carry permit applicants to apply for a 'lifetime' carry permit ..." ...
 

Alabama SB 283 "Castle Doctrine" Legislative Update!
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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FULL TEXT BELOW:

Next week, the Alabama state Senate will be considering a bill of great importance to gun owners. SB 283, the "Castle Doctrine" sponsored by Senator Larry Means (D-10), removes the "duty to retreat" when a citizen is faced with attack in a place that he or she has a right to be. SB 283 would ensure that an individual whose home was being broken into had no duty to retreat before using necessary force.

Please call your Senator and respectfully urge him or her to support SB 283 when it comes before the Senate next week for a vote! You can reach you Senator at (334) 242-7800. Please be sure to make this important call today!
 

Virginia Contact Your Delegate to Help Pass Pro-Gun Measures!
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"On Friday, February 3, the House Militia, Police and Public Safety Committee passed two important pro-Second Amendment bills:"

"HB 162 ... which prevents law-abiding citizens from being subjected to an employer's policy prohibiting lawfully-possessed firearms in a locked vehicle on the employer's property; and HB 1265 ... that prevents any government authority from suspending or restricting your Right to Keep and Bear Arms during a declared state of emergency."

"Both of these bills will be heading to the House floor next week, so it is critical that you contact your Delegate and strongly encourage him or her to support these measures on the House floor!" ...
 

Illinois Your Second Amendment Rights are Being Attacked!
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"The legislative session is heating up, and there are some firearm-related bills of which the pro-gun community needs to be aware."

"The first, HB 2414, ... is the bill on which we have previously reported that seeks to ban certain semi-automatic rifles and shotguns, as well as .50 caliber rifles. ..."

"Another anti-gun bill, HB 4694, ... is a mandatory storage bill that would require law-abiding gun owners to store firearms in a manner that would leave them useless for personal protection, or face criminal charges. ..."

"Finally, HB 4693 ... would create an unnecessary bureaucratic redundancy by requiring all federally licensed firearm dealers that sell handguns to also be licensed by the State of Illinois. ..." ...
 

South Dakota Castle Doctrine Legislation!
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"House Bill 1134, 'A Citizens Right to Self-Defense,' modeled after Florida's “Castle Doctrine,” has passed the House and is headed to the Senate Judiciary Committee. HB 1134 removes the “duty to retreat” when a citizen is faced with attack in a place that he or she has a right to be. The bill would ensure that an individual whose home was being broken into had no duty to retreat before using deadly force."

"This important legislation is expected to be voted on this coming week by the Senate Judiciary committee. If your Senator is listed below, he or she is a member of the Senate Judiciary committee. Please call your Senator and ask him or her to support HB 1134. Protect our right to self-defense!" ...
 

WY: One Wyoming Democrat: Lander resident Dale Groutage enters 2006 U.S. Senate race
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Few people had heard of Dale Groutage last month, when he announced that he was running for the U.S. Senate against two-time incumbent Craig Thomas."

"Born and raised in Wyoming, Groutage returned to the state in the early 2000s after a long and successful career as an engineer in the U.S. Navy. Although he has never held political office before, he believes it's time for a change of priorities for the country and the State of Wyoming."

"Groutage is against gun control, in favor of snowmobiling on federal lands, and a self described fiscal conservative. But he is a Democrat, and grew up in a small coal mining town where people helping people was always the first priority." [emphasis added] ...
 

NY: Borough president takes aim at National Rifle Association
Submitted by: New York State Rifle & Pistol Association
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"Borough President James Molinaro put the National Rifle Association in the crosshairs yesterday, blasting the group for allegedly helping to shoot down a bid by Diana Taylor, Mayor Michael Bloomberg's girl friend, to chair the Federal Deposit Insurance Corp." ...

"Washington insiders said the NRA maneuvered behind the scenes to scuttle the nomination in a bit of political payback for Bloomberg's strident anti-gun stance ..." ...

"The NRA yesterday claimed it had no hand in the collapse of Ms. Taylor's bid."

"'We unequivocally did not have anything to do with the derailment of this nomination,' NRA spokesman Andrew Arulanandam told the Advance. 'The FDIC is out of our purview.'" ...
 

CA: Charges rarely filed in [police] shootings
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"Inland prosecutors rarely charge police for on-duty shootings -- even when they find that the officers should not have fired their guns -- because it's hard to win a case before juries that favor police, prosecutors and other experts said."

"Since 2000, the San Bernardino County district attorney's office has reviewed 127 officer-involved shootings, finding four unjustified. The officers in those cases should not have fired on suspects, prosecutors determined. None of the officers was prosecuted."

"Over the same period, one Riverside County peace officer was charged with a crime in connection with an on-duty shooting. ..." ...
 

TX: Cops: philosophy same despite new handgun law
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"When Harris County’s top attorney snubbed a new state law meant to allow Texans to legally travel with handguns for protection five months ago, questions were raised as to what practical effect the new law would have."

"And while the law was meant to allow law-abiding citizens to carry handguns in their vehicles, local law enforcement agencies say they haven’t changed their enforcement of unlawful carrying of a concealed weapon." ...

"But Baytown police spokesman Marvin Currie said neither has the department’s philosophy changed."

"'Since [the district attorney’s] office is the one that processes the charges we have to follow his guidelines as to what he wants to accept as charges,' Currie said." ...
 

PA: Family: Victim had called 911
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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As John Andrew Anderson headed into Wissinoming Park after causing a fender-bender earlier this week, he tried to call 911, his family said Friday."

"Before police arrived, Anderson, 43, of Kensington, was stabbed fatally in the back and neck by another driver now charged with murder." ...

"Otto went after him and returned a few minutes later. The fatally wounded Anderson was still in the park." ...

"It appears both men called 911. Police confirmed that multiple people called for help."

"Otto, a delivery driver, left the park but later turned himself in. He told police that Anderson attacked him when both men were in the woods and that he pulled a knife in self-defense, according to authorities." ...
 

CA: Video Shows Officer Shooting Airman
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"A videotape released Tuesday shows a sheriff's deputy shooting an unarmed Air Force policeman who recently returned from Iraq as he appeared to obey an order to get up off the ground." ...

"Carrion was a passenger in a Corvette that crashed following a brief chase, authorities said." ...

"Carrion is heard telling the officer he is unarmed and is in the military."

"At one point, a voice is heard saying several times: 'Get up.'"

"Carrion says: 'I'm gonna get up.' As he rises, at least four shots are fired and Carrion collapses, crying out in pain." ...

"The deputy, whose name was not released, was placed on paid administrative leave, a routine procedure in officer-involved shootings." ...
 

MI: Special Interest Day lets grade-schoolers explore world of work
Submitted by: Michigan Gun Owners
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"A Web designer, a pilot, a veterinarian, local firefighters and police were among the adults visiting Brighton's Spencer Elementary School on Jan. 27 to teach students about careers. ..." ...

"An EMS worker, firefighters and police also talked to the Spencer students about careers. Michigan State Trooper Tim Johnson brought his police dog, Ki, a 9-year-old German shepherd, who was a big hit when he did a drug-sniffing demonstration for a group of third-graders."

"I want to be a policeman and save people's lives if they're in danger,' said third-grader Henry Droppy.

"'I want to be a policeman too,' said Dustin Bergin. When asked why he replied, 'I want to use a gun and handcuffs and to get to eat doughnuts and coffee.'" ...
 

NC: PBS documentary brings to life a forgotten civil-rights figure
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"In the revolutionary atmosphere of the 1960s, Robert Williams seemed to be everywhere."

"The civil rights activist’s 1962 book 'Negroes with Guns' is credited with being part of the intellectual foundation for the founding of the Black Panther Party. ..." ...

"But Williams' name isn’t included in most present-day accounts of the civil rights movement. He is little remembered even in his home state, where his argument that blacks should arm themselves against the threat of violence by segregationist whites earned him at the height of his notoriety the label 'violent crusader.'" ...

"But while Williams used nonviolent protest and boycotts, he was also arming local blacks and teaching them marksmanship and self-defense. ..." ...
 

MD: No need for state to mess with tradition
Submitted by: Jim Sr

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"I'm from New England where old time Yankees not infrequently advise 'if it ain't broke, don't fix it.' Sound thinking it is, but it's not always followed."

"This comes to mind as I hear more talk about the need for Maryland to implement a law to set a minimum age for one to go hunting, also rumors that some citizen activists are urging their legislators to introduce such a bill." ...

"In the past 18 months, the topic has generated more than a little interest though not too much controversy other than from the anti-hunter community. It started after 5-year-old John Wagner of Oakland shot with a rifle a 75-pound doe in Garrett County in '04. Then in last year's bear hunt an 8-year-old girl bagged one of the biggest bears of the season." ...
 

IL: Domino effect on gun laws (letter)
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"It’s time to put an end to the overzealous stereotypes. As an upstanding and functional member of society, I am also a legal assault rifle owner."

"In the process of revoking the principle of our amendment of security, you also put us, the honest citizens of this state, at a disadvantage in the ability to protect lives, family and property."

"Regardless of the laws pass­ed to stop bootleg marketing and smuggling, to name a few operations, assault rifles will continue to flood our streets and be used by the criminal aspect of our community."

"But now the best defense we have against them holds nine small rounds. which, in comparison to a 30- and 40-round banana clip, is a toy." ...
 

NJ: Newark's rising culture of gun use
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"A handgun was used in nine of 10 homicides last year in Newark, far above the national average and chilling proof gun use in the city is escalating."

"At the same time, Newark police say nonfatal gun assaults -- including shootings, pistol whippings and threats -- are rising. Cops also describe seeing more shootings done at close range, or with victims who themselves were armed." ...

"Growing up in a neighborhood where Bloods and Crips feuded, Newkirk said he witnessed gunbattles outside his apartment building. He feared for his safety walking to and from the corner store. So he bought a 9 mm. off the street, having little difficulty getting around New Jersey's strict gun laws." [emphasis added] ...
 

VT: It's all about guns -- Looking, buying, selling at annual Barre show
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Vinnie Miragliotta was armed and semi-dangerous on Saturday as he stood on the back steps of the Barre Municipal Auditorium sucking on a cigarette with a Swedish Mauser slung over his shoulder."

"The antique rifle was harmless – loaded only with a wooden dowel poking out of its polished barrel, with a small square of cardboard duct-taped to the tip. The makeshift sign put Miragliotta's asking price at '$175,' and as the Virginia man prepared to duck back into the 24th annual gun show sponsored by the Barre Fish & Game Club, he said the only real 'danger' was that he wouldn't leave the two-day event empty-handed." ...
 

OR: Waco cult did kill (10th letter on page)
Submitted by: James A. Farmer

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" Douglas W. Cox’s statement that the Koresh cult in Waco "never killed anyone" (e-vent, Jan. 25) is a slur upon the families of the police officers murdered in 1993 by that cult. All the major wire services, all the American TV networks as well as state and federal court records readily substantiate that this cult did indeed murder four American police officers who were legally serving a search warrant." ...
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KABA Note: Actually the survivors were all acquitted of murder and manslaughter. In fact a number of jury members said that if the judges instructions had not incorrectly cited self-defense law, they would have been acquitted of all charges on the grounds that they were legally defending themselves from an unlawful assault by federal agents acting under the color of law.
 

MT: Moving In for the Kill With Montana's Buffalo Hunters
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Boots crunching on iced-over snow, Jeff Vader creeps toward two animals from the world's last wild herd of pure buffalo."

"The normally chatty 50-year-old crouches behind a cluster of juniper trees and puts a finger to his lips. The four men behind him fall mute. Vader lies on his belly, points his rifle at the biggest bull and becomes part of a contentious experiment in controlling an icon of the American West."

"Vader has one of 50 permits from Montana to kill a buffalo during the state's first legal hunt of the animal in 15 years. ..."

"The buffalo can carry brucellosis, a disease that causes cows to miscarry and that Montana views as a threat to its $1-billion cattle industry. ..." ...
 

GA: Reach for the sky! Everyday folks become gunfighters monthly to preserve cowboy ways
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"Cowboys, cowgirls and buckaroos ride into Gainesville once a month, form posses, shoot it out, gab, have lunch and quietly ride away."

"About 80 showed up a week ago and gathered on 115 acres in a secured wooded area. Soon a pleasant odor of burnt black gunpowder filled the air with sounds of gunfire and bullets hitting metal: BlamPing. BlamPing." ...

"They were only about two miles off Interstate 985, but a whole world away from the routine of their everyday lives."

"'I'm a real estate agent, and I come here each month to unload my stress and tension,' said a well-holstered young woman." ...
 

OH: Both newcomers and veteran hunters can enjoy hunting rabbits
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Most of the hunting seasons have closed, but hunters still have three weeks to enjoy some of the best hunting there can be — going for rabbits."

"The rabbit season goes through the end of February. Hunting bunnies is fun for both newcomers and long-time hunters. Rabbit hunting is a great way for both groups to hunt together." ...

"Shotguns are the preferred weapon for hunting bunnies and a 12, 16, 20 or .410 gauge will do. I prefer using a .410 pump."

"In recent years, some rabbit hunters have used a pistol that converts into a .410. They like it for the ease in which it handles and its lighter weight compared to a shotgun. However, they say it takes a little getting used to pointing and shooting the bunnies." ...
 

UK: No men, please, we're cabbies
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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... "That was last June, when the two mums from Warrington, Lancashire, launched the UK's first cab company just for women. ..." ...

"Women clients are driven to their destination by female drivers, who have been trained not just in 'the Knowledge', but also in first aid and self-defence."

"'There was the case of this young girl on a night out who had been murdered by someone posing as a taxi driver,' says Dutton. 'It was just horrible, but there are so many cases of rapes and old ladies being robbed. When we did our market research, girls told us they didn't want to be the last one to be dropped off at night. And we've both got teenage daughters, so it's something that's always bothered us.'" ...
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Submitter's Note: Of course if women could carry defensive tools, this would be less of a problem.
 

Australia: Shootings stun pub patrons
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"POLICE are amazed that no one was wounded or killed when a shot was fired through a glass door at a South Melbourne hotel yesterday."

"The shot was fired after a dispute between patrons outside the Golden Fleece Hotel in Montague St about 1.20am."

"Sen-Det Patrick Bell, of South Melbourne CIU, said there were up to 20 people outside and more inside when the gun was fired."

"'There has been a dispute between patrons at the front of the hotel, and a man has produced the handgun and fired a shot into the front door of the hotel,' Sen-Det Bell said." ...
 

India: No drop in crime against women: Vyas
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Crime against women - whether rape, dowry death, cruelty by husbands or sexual harassment - is on the rise, particularly in the national capital, the National Commission for Women (NCW) chief said here Friday."

"Launching a nationwide programme "Chalo Gaon Ki Ore" (return to villages) to create awareness about the rights of women in villages, NCW chairperson Girija Vyas said statistics from 2001 and 2003 showed there had been no let up in crimes against women." ...
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Submitter's Note: Hmmm, couldn't have anything to do with India's virtual ban on effective self-defense tools could it?
 

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