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Whose Right To Bear Arms?
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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... "If the Supreme Court agrees to hear a pending appeal in a New York case, that neglect [of the Second Amendment] may soon be addressed. ..."

"A Virginia lawyer, David D. Bach of Virginia Beach, has embarked upon a personal quest to clarify the murky language of our Founding Fathers. He brings impeccable credentials to a difficult task. He has served for 25 years as an officer in the Naval Reserve, including 12 years of active duty as a Navy SEAL. He returned recently from a tour of duty in Iraq. He's now attached to the Navy's Office of General Counsel."

"... but when he applied for a similar [carry] permit in New York, he hit a stone wall. ... Nine months ago, a panel of the U.S. 2nd Circuit unanimously upheld the state's unfriendly law." ...
 

There Oughta Be a Law
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"The shooting last week of 6 innocent people at a mail processing facility in California by an ex-postal worker armed with a handgun highlights the need for strict gun control. After all, if some tough gun control laws had been on the books, this could never have happened. Oops! I forgot – California has some of the strictest gun control laws in the nation. Then, just how could this multiple shooting have happened and what are we going to do to see that it doesn’t happen again? If you are a liberal, your first thought will be to pass some new laws that will focus on firearms as the culprit." ...
 

The Goleta Postal Shooting: A Case Study For The Non-Gun Owner.
Submitted by: Anonymous

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... "Let’s look at [mass public shootings] from the victim’s side instead of the coroner’s side."

"Why do we summon police?"

"We summon them for their training, their authority and their force. They act on behalf of the community and they document things. They do a lot more."

"They derive their training from experience of others who then pass it down. Whole generations of mistakes, new ideas and tactical judgment. They derive their authority from we the People, who authorize them."

"If we direct them to break off Code Three high speed chases, they’re dropped; if we direct them to modify policy to drop choke holds, no more choke holds; the People authorize and direct the police, not the other way around. With me so far?"

"And then there’s force. Guns." ...
 

Americans taking personal protection more seriously than ever
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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... "Indeed, according to at least one weapons expert, Americans are feeling the need for gun ownership to protect themselves like never before. This trend started with the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001. 'For decades, Americans have been brainwashed into taking a passive role in their own survival,' says Chris Bird, a journalist and handgun expert. 'On Sept. 11th, we learned that the government and the professionals could not protect us.'"

"Bird is so convinced of the need for people to take their protection seriously that he wrote a book titled, The Concealed Handgun Manual: How to Choose, Carry, and Shoot a Gun in Self-defense. ..." ...
 

McCain Moves To Punish The American People And Grassroots Groups For Congress' New Round Of Controversy
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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... "Not content with the limitations in the Incumbent Protection Act, Sen. McCain has struck again. In an effort to reap political advantage from the current controversies in Congress, McCain has now introduced S. 2128 -- the so-called Lobbying Transparency and Accountability Act."

"In this bill, McCain targets his wrath on groups like GOA -- requiring them to register their 'grassroots' communications with their members and to file twice as many frivolous reports."

"Sen. McCain would rather shine the spotlight on us and YOU, rather than shine the spotlight on himself -- remember, he was one of the original Keating Five senators and was the ONLY Republican in the Keating Five 'team.'" ...
 

Federal Indictment Reveals Foreign Nationals Attempted to Smuggle .50-Caliber Anti-Armor Sniper Rifles to Terrorist Organization in Columbia (VPC)
Submitted by: New York State Rifle & Pistol Association
Website: http://www.nysrpa.org

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"Ten foreign nationals attempted to smuggle as many as fifty .50-caliber anti-armor sniper rifles from the United States to a terrorist organization - the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Columbia, or FARC, according to a recent federal indictment from Miami. ..."

"The news confirmed warnings from homeland security experts that .50-caliber sniper rifles, capable of shooting down a civilian airplane during takeoff or landing, are a weapon of choice among terrorists. A study from the Violence Policy Center in 2001, 'Voting from the Rooftops,' revealed that Al Qaeda purchased .50-caliber sniper rifles in the United States ..." ...
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KABA Note: Actually it was the US government that purchased the rifles. They then gave them to (among others) Al Qaeda to help them drive the Russians out of Afghanistan.
 

WI: All or nothing for 2nd amendment
Submitted by: New York State Rifle & Pistol Association
Website: http://www.nysrpa.org

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"In Wisconsin, it seems like the fabled 'Three G's' of conservative campaign strategy have become 'Guns, Guns and Guns.'"

"For as much as I criticize them, I must admit that Wisconsin’s Republican legislators — upon determining which issues are important to their constituency — commit themselves entirely to their cause. Unfortunately, these lawmakers have simply mistaken which issues are important." ...
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KABA Note: For those desiring to correct this young man's misconceptions, his e-mail is rrossmeissl@badgerherald.com.
 

NC: Gun safety essential to protect your child
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Guns are in nearly half of all households in the United States. While the decision to own a gun is up to each family, gun safety awareness and education for children is a vital part of that decision."

"According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the rate of firearm deaths among children 15 years of age and younger is almost 12 times higher in the U.S. than in other modern industrialized countries."

"A 2002 UNC study found that 36 percent of gun owners with young children in the home report keeping a firearm loaded. At least half of them failed to lock the weapon or store the ammunition in a locked box." ...
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KABA Note: Accidental deaths (the ones that supposedly would be reduced by "safe storage" laws) comprise about 1/8th of the total, and 14 - 15 year olds make up almost half the remaining number, which leads to the obvious conclusion that training is the key.
 

IN: Elderly man acted in self-defense, likely no charges will be filed
Submitted by: New York State Rifle & Pistol Association
Website: http://www.nysrpa.org

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"Neighbors react to the stabbing of an elderly South Bend man, attacked in his own home Sunday morning."

"However, police say the elderly man shot his attacker to death and their investigation isn't over yet."

"The crime tape still remains at the home on Brookfield Street. The investigation is far from over, but at this point, the county prosecutor does not believe charges will be filed against the 79-year-old man who shot his attacker." ...
 

NH: AG: Shooting death in Manchester not a crime
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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The state attorney general's office and city police say a Manchester man was acting in self-defense when he shot and killed a Massachusetts man trying to rob him last fall.

Francisco Cruz, 20, of Lawrence, Mass., died on Oct. 16, 2005. Authorities said yesterday the shooter, Greg Stroman, had not committed a crime because Cruz and an accomplice entered Stroman's apartment armed with deadly weapons and threatened several people inside.

Cruz had a handgun and Raphael Pamphile had brass knuckles when they entered the apartment that night, police said.
 

MI: Shots Fired Inside Hospital
Submitted by: Anonymous

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Wednesday, two people were wounded when someone fired a gun inside St. John Hospital in Detroit.

A man who was going into the ER pulled out a gun and shot the man he was with in the head. The gun was fired from the metal detector at the entrance to the emergency room.

A security guard fired back, injuring the gunman.

Both the shooting victim and the alleged shooter are in the hospital being treated and were in critical condition.

Police do not know the motive, but said the two men were brothers-in-law.

Stay tuned to 7 Action News for more information as it becomes available.
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Submitter's Note: MY wife works at this hospital and this sort of thing happens all the time at this hospital.

KABA Note: Hospitals are deisignated Victim Disarmament Zones by MI law.
 

MD: Mooney forms Second Amendment group
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"State Sen. Alex X. Mooney (R-Dist. 3) of Frederick is launching a new Second Amendment rights campaign for this year’s election."

"The Second Amendment to the U.S. Constitution gives citizens the right to own guns."

[KABA Note: WRONG! It protects a pre-existing right!]

"The ‘'2AM Coalition' is a grassroots organization that will work to educate voters on the need to protect that constitutional right, Mooney said in a statement released Wednesday." ...

"This time, the coalition will be distributing information and gathering support for candidates whom Mooney considers to be '‘firearm friendly.' He will be joined by Bob Culver, of the Montgomery Citizens for a Safer Maryland." ...
 

VA: The Legislators Who Could Be Packing
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"It’s rare that a bullet flies through the air in the legislative offices of the General Assembly, as it did Jan. 26 when Delegate John S. 'Jack' Reid, R-Henrico, says he accidentally fired his gun in his seventh-floor office. But in at least one respect, Reid’s in good company: 11 of his Capitol colleagues have permits to carry a concealed weapon, according to Virginia State Police records. And at least one other legislator can carry a concealed weapon under a different statute. Style reviewed the names of the 119,370 Virginia residents who possessed such permits — which Virginia law requires and state police collect — as of July. Since then, about 6,000 names have been added to the list ..." ...
 

TX: State's new gun-toting law has surprise backer: ACLU
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"The Texas chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union is unhappy about last Thursday's column concerning the state's new gun-toting law."

"I know this because of an e-mail exchange I had with chapter spokesman Scott Henson, who chided:"

"—'Your interpretation of House Bill 823 relies on an analysis by a handful of prosecutors who opposed the law, but not the bill language itself.'"


"—'It's true that some prosecutors are telling police to keep arresting people ... but they are raising a red herring. The law is really not unclear.'"

"—'The lawmakers wanted drivers to be able to have a stowed gun driving to the bank or the grocery store.'"

"And the real shocker:"

"—'I was closely involved in the legislative process that created the new law.'" ...
 

MI: Paint chips may link burglary, home invasion
Submitted by: Michigan Gun Owners
Website: http://www.migunowners.org

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"Red paint chips may link a recent gun store burglary to a pair of men who posed as cops and used a phony warrant in a bizarre home invasion on Wilson Road last week."

"Four handguns and about 10 compound bows were taken from Ed's Archery and Sporting Goods ... after a vehicle smashed through the store's front door." ...

"But the culprit may have left something behind."

"Red paint found on the store's wrecked front entrance has prompted investigators to wonder if that break-in is related to a red pickup involved in a home invasion Friday morning ..."

"Two men wearing T-shirts with 'police' printed on them showed up at the front door about 6 a.m. Friday and announced to the resident that they had a warrant to search the house." ...
 

MI: Detective Suspended for Offensive Email
Submitted by: Anonymous

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"A local detective, accused of sending a racy email to members of his department, has been suspended. The police detective is also facing additional punishments, but there are indications that he may fight them."

"The Chesterfield Township detective’s name has not been released to the press, but 7 Action News was told that he has been suspended for 45 days without pay."

"The township board of trustees unanimously decided that the detective will not return to work until late March, and when he does, he will be demoted to road patrol."

"The township was contacted by a police department employee who made a complaint about the email, which reportedly shows an obscene image." ...
 

FL: Fla. Commissioner 'apologizes' for gun at airport
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A Bay County commissioner said he mistakenly tried to bring a loaded gun onto an airplane. WKGC radio reports that George Gainer said he forgot the loaded gun was in his carry on luggage.

He was taking a flight to Atlanta when security screeners spotted the firearm. Gainer told airport police he put the .38 caliber pistol in his bag months before and simply forget to take it out.

The commissioner apologized at Tuesday's board meeting for any embarrassment caused to the county. He called it a "very stupid mistake."

The Transportation Safety Agency was investigating the case.
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Submitter's Note: I guess when you're 'connected', an apology will suffice. It's jail for the rest of us.
 

FL: NRA bill would OK guns in cars at work
Submitted by: New York State Rifle & Pistol Association
Website: http://www.nysrpa.org

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"The National Rifle Association is pushing a bill that would penalize Florida employers with prison time and lawsuits if they prohibit people from keeping guns in their cars at workplace parking lots."

"But the proposal is facing stiff opposition from a group just as powerful in the state capital as the NRA: Florida's biggest business lobby."

"Mark Wilson, a vice president of Florida's Chamber of Commerce, which represents 136,000 businesses, said the proposal, to be voted on today in a House committee, is 'an all-out assault' on employer-employee relations that intrudes on private property rights." ...
 

NY: Friends in high places: Diana's ticket to nowhere
Submitted by: New York State Rifle & Pistol Association
Website: http://www.nysrpa.org

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THE ISSUE: The NRA's role in blocking the nomination of Bloomberg's girlfriend to head the FDIC.

Even money can't buy you into a powerful organization like the National Rifle Association ("Snub," Deborah Orin, Feb. 4).

It's not what you have, it's who you patronize and who your friends are.

Yet a million dollars donated to friends doesn't buy you true friendship.

Aren't we all so vindictive?
Raymond Sanchez
Manhattan

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Submitter's Note: We can only wonder whether pointing the finger at the NRA was intended to deflect attention from the scrutiny of skeletons in Diana Taylor's closet, while also helping Mayor Bloomberg with his jihad against guns, gun owners and the NRA.
 

MA: Suburban deer hunters
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Wayne McCarthy used to travel to the other side of the state to hunt deer; now, he barely has time to warm up the SUV on the way. One of his new favorite spots: just a few miles from Shoppers World -- within earshot of Route 9 and the Mass. Pike."

"'We call it suburban hunting,' said McCarthy, a retired police lieutenant who lives in Framingham. 'It's kind of wild.' From his deer stand, he said, he can see a house, people, and cars going by."

"It is open season in suburbia. These days, many hunters have ditched daylong outings for quality time in camouflage. They're bagging game before breakfast from their own backyards -- or nearby land." ...
 

Canada: Children shot with pellet gun
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"The RCMP are investigating the pellet gun shooting of three school children outside a Nanaimo elementary school on Tuesday."

"The students, who are in Grades 4 and 5, were standing in front of Rock City Elementary just after lunch when they were hit."

"... none of the students were seriously hurt." ...

"Allan says police investigators are looking for public assistance in tracking down the shooter."

"'A pellet gun is considered a weapon when it's used in this type of a situation. Under the firearms bylaw in Nanaimo, you can possess these types of firearms, but of course it's illegal to discharge them within the city limits.'"

"Extra police were assigned to the school on Wednesday."
 

UK: New amnesty to cut knife crime
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"A nationwide amnesty in a bid to cut knife crime is expected to be announced today."

"Such an amnesty would be the first for 10 years, when tens of thousands of knives and other weapons were handed into police stations following the stabbing of a headteacher."

"Labour had indicated before the last election that it intended to launch another amnesty and ministers hope a huge national call to hand in knives will save lives."

"One prominent campaigner, however, has already said that a new amnesty would merely be a 'headline grabbing' scheme that would have little effect on actual street crime."

"The last national amnesty - which lasted from December 1995 to January 1996 - netted around 40,000 potentially lethal weapons." ...
 

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The right of the people to keep and bear arms has been recognized by the General Government; but the best security of that right after all is, the military spirit, that taste for martial exercises, which has always distinguished the free citizens of these States....Such men form the best barrier to the liberties of America — Gazette of the United States, October 14, 1789.

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