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Retired Officers Carrying Guns
Submitted by: Sean Glazier

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A bill to allow peace officers who are off duty, retired or from another state to carry concealed weapons without obtaining an Iowa permit has passed the House. Representative Dwayne Alons, of Hull, a farmer and a colonel in the Iowa National Guard, says the bill will help officers remain prepared to react to any criminal activity when they are visiting Iowa on hunting trips or for other reasons. The bill passed the House 92-7. The bill next moves to the Senate for consideration.

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More special privileges for the elite class, with a big middle finger for the rest of the peons.
 

BATF Stonewalls FFL Application
Submitted by: Newslinks Admin

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"I am a 45 year old professional Wisconsin woman currently working full time. In addition, I have worked with my husband for the past 2-3 years after he obtained his FFL/SOT/Manufacturing license. I have since developed quite an interest in the firearms industry and decided to apply for my own FFL in order to start my own firearm business."

What follows is a description of the harrassment and stonewalling Debra Lauer was subjected to at the hands of the ATF personnel. Take heed. It could happen to anyone.
 

Great Guns
Submitted by: Sean Glazier

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"The wait for a new custom firearm made by top British gunmaker Holland & Holland can stretch from 16 months to five years. Sportsmen and sportswomen who want immediate gratification should consider the 'Fine Sporting Guns, Rifles and Vintage Firearms' auction, March 17 at Christie's in London."

"Among the 101 lots are some unique pieces, like the 28-bore Holland & Holland single-trigger, over-and-under sidelock ejector gun, a first of its kind prototype. (The higher the bore number, the smaller the gun; the 28-bore is a lighter gun, suitable for bird shooting.) The most valuable gun in the sale, it's expected to fetch between $110,000 and $120,000."
 

No 2nd Amendment in Iraq constitution; Colin Powell hails prohibition on arms
Submitted by: Sean Glazier

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"Powell next talked positively about arms control in a new Iraq, followed by mention of 'rights' and 'liberty.'

" 'Read what it says about arms not being allowed within the society except under the control of civilian authorities,' he said. 'Read what it says about democracy, rights, liberty, and what the new Iraq will look like.' …"

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And then read what it says regarding the people's right to keep and bear arms. "It shall not be permitted to possess, bear, buy, or sell arms except on licensure issued in accordance with the law," it dictates. And Colin Powell claims it protects rights and liberty???

But obviously, a government that has so little respect for the rights of its own citizens to keep and bear arms certainly won't have that respect for the rights of citizens of Iraq to do the same.
 

Dragnet Database and New Laws Erode Civil Liberties, Lawyers Say
Submitted by: Sean Glazier

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" 'Although the Matrix program has seemingly innocuous and laudable goals of improving information sharing between public agencies, the context in which it arises is troubling,' David Reymann, a litigator with the Salt Lake City office of Parr, Waddoups, Brown, Gee & Loveless, told TechNewsWorld."

"Law enforcement officials are moving forward with a controversial antiterrorism database on the state level as the federal government is expanding the amount of information collected and retained about private citizens.
This week, authorities disclosed that the state of Wisconsin had joined the Multistate Antiterrorism Information Exchange, known by the science-fiction film acronym 'the Matrix,' enabling officials there to log on and conduct digital dragnets for information about any person, including driver's license picture, home address, hunting and firearms licenses, domain-name registrations, professional licenses and even the names of friends and relatives."
 

World's First Smart RFID Medication Bottle
Submitted by: Sean Glazier

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Information Mediary Corporation (IMC) is proud to announce the expansion of its revolutionary Med-ic ECM™ (Electronic Compliance Monitor) lineup to include eCAP™, a smart RFID closure for medication bottles and vials." ...

"Med-ic eCAP™ is a programmable RFID reminder and monitoring solution that tracks medication usage without active patient input. It consists of IMC's Med-ic™ RFID 'smart' sensor embedded in a RCIL's bottle closure. Med- ic eCAP™ can easily be programmed to remind the patient when the next dose is due and records the time the patient opens the bottle to remove the tablet or capsule, thereby logging the patient's medication compliance. The recorded data are then retrieved with IMC's CertiScan™ reader for review by the physician, researcher or pharmacist."
 

Kerry Sweeps Primaries in Four States
Submitted by: Sean Glazier

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"John Kerry, a left-leaning Massachusetts senator, has hit his peak in Dixie."

"Victorious in seven Southern contests en route to the Democratic presidential nomination, Kerry will be lucky to win one or two states below the Mason-Dixon line Nov. 2, and only then if Bush loses by an unexpected landslide." ...

"Kerry said economic and health care concerns will trump social issues highlighted by Bush such as gun control -- 'I'm a hunter' -- and gay rights."

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One has to wonder how a US Senator could be so clueless as to the meaning of the Bill of Rights. The Second Amendment is not about hunting, Senator. Get it straight.
 

Zero Tolerance Gone Too Far
Submitted by: JenniferFreeman
Website: http://www.libertybelles.org

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"The 'Gun-Free Schools Act of 1994' requires a one-year expulsion of any student who brings a firearm to any elementary or secondary school that receives federal funding. The Act allows 'the chief administering officer of such local educational agency to modify such expulsion requirement for a student on a case-by-case basis.' "

"Many public schools have taken the liberty to expand this policy to include toy guns, food items being used as toy guns, and children pointing their fingers like guns. Most would agree that this is ludicrous, with the exception of many schoolteachers and policymakers whose melodramatic paranoia of anything gun-like is beyond any semblance of reason."

"This reefer-madness mentality about firearms is a major contributing factor to the total lack of education about the Second Amendment in our nation's schools. Plus, it creates a mysterious, forbidden mystique about firearms that generates a natural curiosity among young people. A curiosity that puts some at risk as they may not have had any education about firearms or firearm safety and are certainly not going to get such an education at school."
 

Vice presidential tea leaves
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"In yet another sign she's not seeking a spot on the '04 ticket, Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton is holding a news conference Wednesday with Americans for Gun Safety to announce a national campaign to address the problem of guns and domestic violence. The event at the Capitol is part of 'Stop Violence Against Women Week.' "

"While she may be pushing an entirely worthy cause, Clinton must know that Kerry is not seeking an outspoken advocate of gun control as his '04 running mate. Gosh, and the Grind thought there was still a chance she'd reconsider. ..."

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God forbid Hillary would consider making women safer by giving them the tools to fight back and defend their lives!
 

Australia: New law to ban swords (Another report)
Submitted by: Keith Dowers

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"SWORDS will be outlawed from July under new laws to curb the growing use of the weapons in street brawls."

"Police Minister Andre Haermeyer said the ban would help police overcome a culture of young people arming themselves with swords."

" 'For most people running around the street carrying swords there is absolutely no reason for them to be carrying those weapons,' he said yesterday."

"From July, anyone found possessing or selling a sword without a permit will face up to six months' jail and fines of up to $12,000."

"Existing sword owners must surrender their weapons to police, sell them to a licensed dealer or apply to the Chief Commissioner for specific approval."

"Collectors and people with legitimate cultural, religious or military reasons to own swords will be exempted from the ban, but must store them under lock and key and have a burglar alarm."

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Are kitchen knives and nail files next on the list? After all, if the Australian government mandates that all food be sold pre-cut and that all women's fingernails be bitten to the quick, there will be no need for these dangerous sharp implements. Oh, heck - why not just ban fingernails!
 

MN: Opposition to weapon law comes from the 'permit' part
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"...There is no statistical proof that the law has resulted in a decline of public safety, not one shred of evidence."

"Everybody I know who has acquired a permit says the same thing. 'I certainly don't intend to use the gun.' "

"Then why get a permit?"

"The answer is always the same as well. Because they can. Because it requires the discipline of a course. An application. A process. An achievement. A skill. It is exercising a right, a law that actually allows you to do something, rather than prevents you from doing something. " [emphasis added]

"That apparently bothers people. If they can produce evidence that permit holders are shooting each other, I will gladly be the first to point that out."
 

Human beings are herd animals
Submitted by: Free Kentucky News
Website: http://www.freekentucky.com/

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"A popular statement among the braindead sheeple, an argument in favor of the socialist constitution written for Iraq and celebrated by the mainstream 'conservative' newswhores and the Dubyaites over the last few days without any mention of what it really says, or so I haven’t heard so far, is that 'We’re more free than other countries.' And now: 'The Iraqis are more free than they were.' "

"What they don’t want to think about is that this mindset means the U.S. Constitution should have only required that the king be elected every 20 years or so, and why bother with a congress or a judicial branch that was originally intended to keep the other two in check?" ...

"The other morning a Marine officer told the world that Marines have the right to fight back and defend their brethren. Too bad he and his bosses don’t think the sheeple have the same 'right.' "
 

WV: Power Of The Pardon Debated
Submitted by: Sean Glazier

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"The West Virginia Supreme Court is considering whether a Brooke County man who received a governor's pardon after shooting another man and then running over him with his auto should have the right to possess a firearm."

"Brooke County Prosecutor David B. Cross said late Tuesday he considered the underlying incident in his decision to oppose Mario Perito's petition to restore his constitutional rights, including his right to bear arms." ...

"Perito's attorney, Steve Herndon of Wheeling, argued that the original felony should not matter in considerations of restoration of rights after pardons, Cross said."

"Cross said he disagreed, pointing out that he considered Perito's use of a firearm in the original case when the Weirton man requested the right to own a weapon."
 

CT: Bill Would Require Reporting of Gun Thefts
Submitted by: Sean Glazier

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"Testifying before members of the state judiciary committee, law-enforcement officials said the bill would prevent individuals from purchasing guns legally and selling them to someone who is barred from owning a firearm. According to police, when such guns are recovered in a crime and traced back to the legal owner, they typically use the excuse that the weapon was stolen."
 

TN: Harvey Announces Candidacy for U.S. House of Representatives
Submitted by: Sean Glazier

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"...As a conservative Republican, Harvey holds man of the same values of the people in the 4th District. He is pro-life, pro-family and a member of the 2nd Amendment Foundation (an organization that works to protect the citizen's right to bear arms). He admits he is not a professional politician, but believes he can best serve the people of the 4th District as their representative by standing firm for the values they have in common. He believes that many of the problems this country is facing today are the result of much compromise by the professional politician and that now is the time for the good people of the 4th District to send a man to Washington that is not a professional politician. ..."
 

Bad Habits Kill One-Third of Americans
Submitted by: Sean Glazier

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Tobacco 435,000 deaths
Poor diet 400,000 deaths,
Alcohol 85,000
microbial infections 75,000 deaths.

Then came toxic agents such as pollutants and asbestos (55,000 deaths); motor vehicle accidents (43,000); firearms (29,000); sexual behavior that led to diseases such as AIDS (20,000); and illicit drug use (17,000).

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It looks like fired food is far more dangerous than a firearm why not ban that and create a government mandate for healthy diet and exercise? For the children, of course.
 

Lysander Spooner Awards for Advancing the Literature of Liberty
Submitted by: Newslinks Admin

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"Laissez Faire Books is pleased to announce the creation of the Lysander Spooner Awards for Advancing the Literature of Liberty. The honor will be awarded monthly to the most important contributions to the literature of liberty, followed by an annual award to the author of the top book on liberty for the year. The annual 'Spooner' earns $1,500 cash for the winning author." ...

Among the candidates:

John Lott, Bias Against Guns.

To vote for Lott's book, CLICK HERE.
 

MA: Preparing for the worst
Submitted by: Sean Glazier

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"A janitor spots a man in a black face mask, carrying a shotgun, heading toward a John Glenn Middle School rear entrance through the parking lot. The janitor grabs a phone and dials 911."

"Moments later a 'Red Alert' is sounding over the school's public address system and people are scrambling into classrooms, hiding, shutting doors, 'locking down.' A shooter has entered the building."

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How about this: Instead of locking down defenseless children and staff inside the school with a psychotic, gun wielding fiend without the means to defend themselves, the janitor pulls out his .45, air conditions the intruder and then calls 911 and starts mopping up the blood.
 

FL: High School Bans Bottled Drinks In Class
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"Students at Paxon High School are no longer allowed to carry bottled water and sodas into the classroom, because of what the principal said is a growing problem with alcoholic beverages at school."

"Principal Jim Williams said most of his students are only drinking water and sodas, but there are a few who use the bottles to hide alcohol. The bottles easily disguise liquors like vodka and gin."

"Williams said a student was found unconscious in the women's bathroom Friday, after drinking alcohol concealed in a water bottle."

"For the principal, this last incident was one too many."

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Here we go again. Another case of demonization of the object, and punishing the innocent for the misdeeds of a few.
 

NC: Police to put citizen patrol on street
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"Volunteers have filed paperwork, helped domestic violence victims and written parking tickets for Charlotte-Mecklenburg police."

"Now, the department is ready to put them on the street."

"Starting in May, 16 specially trained volunteers will direct traffic, help disabled motorists, pick up found property such as bicycles and check on elderly residents for worried sons and daughters."

"They are the first members of the department's Citizens On Patrol program. The goal of COP volunteers is to relieve sworn officers from some of the more mundane tasks of police work."

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Of course, these volunteers won't have guns like the elite, so when things get hairy on a domestic call or they witness a crime in action, they will still have to rely on their radios and will have to wait for help like the rest of the peons.
 

WA: Reichert says his experience, name will benefit 8th District
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"He has worked with such disparate groups as the NRA and Mothers Against Violence to protect children and others from accidental shootings. He favors lock boxes for guns and trigger locks."

"He supports extending the ban on assault weapons and wants those who buy guns at gun shows to first undergo a background check."

" 'You have to focus your attention on people who are committing crimes with guns,' he said."

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Another anti-gun RINO trying to pose as a conservative who believes that people need to have their privacy invaded if they want to make a constitutionally protected purchase, wants to implement an unconstitutional gun ban and sees it fit to dictate to the citizens how they should store and incapacitate their tools of self defense.
 

OH: Businesses need to consider 'Extraordinary Liability Advisory' before banning
Submitted by: Sean Glazier

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"Ohioans For Concealed Carry is hearing from more and more businesses who are deciding AGAINST posting discriminatory signs banning CHL (concealed handgun license) -holders from their property while bearing arms for self-defense. Many of these businesses are deciding to do so after consulting with their partners, or branches, in other states which already have a concealed-carry law, and learning that the law has presented no problems." ...

"OFCC has posted a new Extraordinary Liability Advisory, and is encouraging concerned employees and customers to distribute this Advisory when they become aware of considerations to post discriminatory signs banning CHL-holders who are exercising their constitutional right to bear arms for self-defense."
 

MO: Conceal-and-carry law goes into effect
Submitted by: Sean Glazier

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"With the Missouri State Supreme Court upholding the conceal-and-carry law, local law enforcement personnel say the crime rate may drop as a result."

" 'In the 31 states that have conceal and carry laws, all the crime statistics I've seen would indicate that the crime rate has gone down as a result,' said Webster County Sheriff Ron Worsham."

" 'I've always supported the law. I've covered too many homicides where I've had to dig up victims of a crime, especially young women. I firmly believe that if they had a way to defend themselves, many of them would be alive today. I've always encouraged my daughter to carry a loaded weapon in her car in plain sight,' Worsham said."
 

Canada: Ontario to seek stiffer gun-violence sentences
Submitted by: Sean Glazier

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"Ontario will take its battle against gun violence into courtrooms, where it will fight case by case for stiffer sentences to reflect the social costs of the crimes, provincial Attorney-General Michael Bryant said yesterday."

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Why vilify gun crimes? Don't all violent crimes have exorbitant costs associated with them?
 

TN: State Senator Jerry Cooper (D-McMinnville) has released the results of his 21st Annual Constituent Survey.
Submitted by: Sean Glazier

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"State Senator Jerry Cooper (D-McMinnville) has released the results of his 21st Annual Constituent Survey. State Senator Jerry Cooper (D-McMinnville) currently represents the 14th Senatorial District of the Tennessee General Assembly which includes Bledsoe, Coffee, Franklin, Grundy, Sequatchie, Van Buren, and Warren counties." ...

16. Tennessee currently has a "handgun carry permit law" which requires individuals to pass FBI criminal background checks, as well as take a gun safety class. Should a law be passed which would allow a duly licensed individual, who is not consuming alcohol, to take their concealed weapons in restaurants that serve alcohol? YES 37% NO 53% UNDECIDED 10%

17. Should a duly licensed handgun carry permit holder be allowed to enter school property or a public park with a weapon in their car, if they do not remove or use the weapon or permit another person to remove or use the weapon? YES 47% NO 44% UNDECIDED 9%
 

Gun Showdown
Submitted by: Joshua L. Long

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"The addition of the amendments prompted the NRA to abandon the immunity bill it had pushed. It began e-mailing messages to senators urging the bill's defeat and pointing out that the vote would influence the NRA's endorsements for Senate. Before the day was out, the bill, which had been expected to sail through, was defeated 90 to 8. Gun-control advocates could hardly savor their success, since the defeat of the bill also meant the defeat of the amendments."

"But that success should spark more action. Senators who managed to pass the amendments should offer bills closing the gun-show loophole and extending the assault-weapons ban. Congress ought to muster the courage to pass sensible gun policy."

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Sensible gun policy? So, the 20,000 or so laws regarding firearms already on the books aren't enough? When will it be enough? When the citizens of the United States become ruled subjects like the Brits?
 

KS: Law won't make Kansas any safer
Submitted by: Sean Glazier

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"Some Kansans feel we would all be safer if we could just carry concealed guns. Some feel that by packing a concealed weapon, we can curb crime, protect ourselves and our families in the face of danger and, in the end, make our world a safer place."

"We feel, however, that these Kansans are dangerously wrong." ...

"There are strong supporters on both sides of the concealed guns issue, yet we see no need for a concealed weapons law in Kansas. The law seems haphazard, dangerous and plainly unnecessary."

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Your seeing "no need" does not negate the existence of a basic Constitutional right to keep and bear arms.

The panicky predictions of blood in the streets were completely blown out of the water in the states that already have concealed carry. Your paranoid utterings will join the rest.
 

PA: Johnson testifies about gun violence
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"Testifying before a City Council committee yesterday in favor of a series of gun-control bills, Police Commissioner Sylvester M. Johnson said that most of the city's homicides were committed with guns and called gun violence 'one of the most serious crises facing our great city.' "

"At yesterday's hearing before Council's Public Safety Committee, Johnson said that in 2003, there were 348 homicides in Philadelphia, of which 273 - or nearly 80 percent - were committed with guns." ...

"The commissioner said he supported a series of seven bills being considered by Council that aim to crack down on gun violence."

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What makes you think that yet more laws will save you from your criminal element?
 

The Foundering Fathers Would Have Wept
Submitted by: Anonymous

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"Today, what the government ought to do, it does badly, and what it ought not do at all, it does too well—such as snoop, control, meddle, and impose the ways of the unwashed on everyone. And it’s going to get worse. Much worse."
 

South Africa: Tourist Saved from Charging Elephant by Ranger with Gun
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"South African game rangers shot and killed an elephant as it charged a British tourist in the country's Kruger National Park Tuesday."

"John Anslow said in a statement released by park officials he thought he was going to die when the enraged elephant charged a group he was with as it took a guided walk in the south of the park." ...

"Kruger National Park public relations manager William Mabasa told Reuters the female elephant was killed by a single shot to its brain when it was 30 meters away from the tourists."
 

So Many Guns In the Hands Of Children
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"According to a 2002 report by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, 57 percent of recovered 'crime guns' in the District were taken from people 24 years old and younger."

"Handguns accounted for 82 percent of the District's crime guns, with the semiautomatic pistol being the weapon of choice -- especially for those 17 years old and younger, according to the report." ...

"The ATF, it should be noted, is neither pro-gun nor anti-gun. Part of its mission is to trace guns that have been used in the commission of crimes and to keep firearms away from ineligible receivers."
 

UT: U scrapes by in the latest session of Legislature
Submitted by: Sean Glazier

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"Sen. Michael Waddoups, R Taylorsville, is up for re election and is responsible for SB48, which would restrict the U from banning guns on campus."

"Many U students and employees contacted him requesting he propose this bill to allow them the right to protect themselves on campus, he said."

"The purpose of the bill is to standardize the state law regarding the legal possession of firearms. The bill clarifies who makes policies regarding the possession and sale of guns, he said."
 

OH: Why is the Summit Co. sheriff 'terrified'? Why is Akron's mayor 'sad'?
Submitted by: Sean Glazier

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"Sheriff Alexander also worries about an escalation of the stakes in road rage episodes. 'Instead of the old days when they just flip each other off, now we might have a running gunfight going down Route 8.' "

"The sheriff should look no further than Michigan to lay his road rage fears to rest. State police Lt. Diane Garrison says 'my worst fears and scenarios have not played out. We have not had shoot-outs at intersections. I would have thought that some road-rage incidents would have turned into shootings. But all in all, it's gone pretty well.' (Flint Journal, 12/7/03)"

"West Virginia law enforcement send similar comments. 'A lot of people feel they have the right to carry a firearm,' says Chief Deputy Charlie Johnson of the Wood County Sheriff's Department. When asked about concerns that it might lead to an increase in gun crime, Johnson says in Wood County, that hasn't been the case [in Wood Co., WV]."
 

Gun Legislation Wounded by Friendly Fire
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"...Washington, DC's Bulls Eye Shooting Supply - the dealer that supplied the weapon to the DC sniper - is one of the repeat offenders, having been connected to the sale of weapons traced to over 50 area crimes. And while the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) cited the dealer with six separate violations of federal law, no charges have ever been filed - something that, according to Americans for Gun Safety, happens all too often. According to the organization's data, only 2 percent of federal gun crimes are ever prosecuted."

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First: Bullseye is not in DC. It's in Washington State.

Second: The shop didn't "supply" Muhammad and Malvo with the firearm. It was stolen.

Third: The AGS study linking a small percentage of gun dealers with guns used in crime has already been cited by the ATF itself as misleading.

The article ends thus:

"...But as voters have seen time and time again, it is politically dangerous to dabble in facts when one's intent is to sway public opinion into buying the line of the well-funded gun lobby. Emotional appeals and misinformation, it seems, are much more effective."

Quite right. So maybe this pseudo journalistic hack would like to get his facts straight before trying to pass off AGS hysteria as a legitimate news report.

Here's his email for anyone who wants to set him straight: seth@weeklydig.com
 

MD: Advocates reload on assault weapons ban
Submitted by: Sean Glazier

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"In 'The Princess Bride,' friends of the tortured Westley turn to Miracle Max to bring him back to life."

" 'Your friend here is only mostly dead,' Max says. 'There's a big difference between mostly dead and all dead.' "

"The chief sponsors of legislation to ban assault weapons are hoping that with a little parliamentary magic, they can breathe new life into their mostly dead legislation. But the question is whether the Senate's version of Miracle Max -- President Thomas V. Mike Miller Jr. -- will go along with their resuscitation operation."
 

Michael Badnarik: Libertarian Party Presidential Candidate - Second Amendment
Submitted by: Caleb Bartlett

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If I have a 'hot button' issue, this is definitely it. Don't even THINK about taking my guns! My rights are not negotiable, and I am totally unwilling to compromise when it comes to the Second Amendment."

"Let me reiterate an axiom of my philosophy. Rights and privileges are polar opposites. A right is something that I can do without asking. A privilege is something that a higher authority allows me to do. It is utter nonsense for us to accept government permits in order to exercise an unalienable right. ..." ...

"First, it is impossible for the Second Amendment to confer a 'community right', because communities HAVE no rights. Individuals are real. Communities are abstract concepts. You can have individuals without communities, but you cannot have communities without individuals. Ergo, individuals must come first, and only the individuals that make up a community can have rights."
 

Canada: Getting away with murder
Submitted by: Sean Glazier

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"Typically, a murder victim makes news for less than a week. But as our writer Robyn Doolittle reports on page 10, the story doesn't end when the news cameras turn away."

"The pain of Jerry's loss affects each member of his family differently. His father can't sleep. One of his brothers drinks to dull the nightmares."

"Their hurt is compounded by knowing that Jerry's killer still roams free. Sadly this is all too common. Less than a third of gun slayings were solved last year."

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If gun violence is becoming so common, why not make it easier for the populace to defend itself against armed thugs, instead of tightening laws that the thugs won't follow anyway?
 

IN: No arms found in lockdown at Clay
Submitted by: Sean Glazier

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"Acting on a report of a student inside with a weapon, local law enforcement officials evacuated Clay High School on Monday night and SWAT teams searched the building for 2 1/2 hours before the suspect arrived at the school in his father's pickup truck."

"Police 'searched every inch of the building,' but no weapons were found inside the school and it was unclear whether the 16-year-old boy, a Clay freshman, was ever in the building at all during the ordeal, St. Joseph County Prosecutor Michael Dvorak said."

"Police evacuated the building around 6:45 p.m. after South Bend police received information from the boy's father that he was missing and there was speculation he might have stolen guns from the family's home and taken the weapons to the school."

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And if he had brought weapons to school and begun shooting his classmates and teachers, what would the disarmed victims inside have been able to do to stop him?
 

Treaty by stealth – again!
Submitted by: Sean Glazier

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"Shielded by the media glare of presidential politics and daily explosions in Iraq, two crucial issues are about to be decided by the U.S. Senate, without the knowledge of the American people."

"Issue 1: Should the United States ratify the Law of the Seas Treaty (Treaty Doc. 103-39)?"

"Issue 2: Should any U.N. treaty be ratified without full, open debate and a recorded vote?"
 

CA: Writer wants special privileges for cops
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"Law enforcement legislative advocacy is a little removed from our usual practice. However, I know enough about it so that when I see a rule or law which screams for amendment for justice's sake, I recognize it for what it is: a fertile ground upon which to spread the seeds of change."

"Peace officers are at risk, everyday, everywhere, in every climate and place."

"We have the first peace officer in the state, to endure the full weight of the enhancement for the authorized, but according to the jury, negligent, discharge of a firearm, resulting in unintended injury and death, during a tense, violent, highly volatile and risky encounter with occupants of a motor vehicle."

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Damn, that shoe pinches now that it's on your foot, doesn't it!
 

Assault Weapon Celebration Day
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New poster.
 

Russia: Big Brother is coming to Moscow
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"Moscow is planning to install surveillance (or should we say spy?) cameras at the entrance (padyest) of every apartment building in Moscow during the next 3-4 years."

"This news follows a recent idea to take the fingerprints of all visitors to Moscow and gives us a good idea of the governments desire to have control over the people."

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And with gun control what can the citizens really do about it other than complain?
 

Broadcast Decency Enforcement Act
Submitted by: Sean Glazier

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"Can 'The Passion of the Christ' be judged indecent by a small group of powerful federal bureaucrats and kept off broadcast television because of the film's message or scenes of violence? Can your favorite radio talk-show host be fined $500,000 every time he
expresses an opinion that is labeled "hate speech?" Can you also be fined $500,000 when you call in and agree with his opinion?"

"The answer to these questions is 'yes' if the Broadcast Decency Enforcement Act (H.R. 3717) becomes law. Supporters of this legislation want to keep Janet Jackson's body parts off television and Howard Stern's voice off radio. But what will these supporters say when other people use the Broadcast Decency Enforcement Act to silence Mel Gibson or Rush Limbaugh?"

" 'Can't happen here,' you say? The Department of Justice has already been petitioned to evaluate Gibson's 'The Passion of the Christ' for violation of hate crimes statutes."
 

TX: Officer indicted for murder in shooting death of teen
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"Officer A.J. Carbonneau had argued his gun accidentally fired during a struggle with 14-year-old Eli Escobar. And late Wednesday a grand jury disagreed. It charged him with murder following last November's deadly incident outside an apartment complex in the 3100 block of Mangum."

"Carbonneau claimed the teen kicked him in the groin during a criminal mischief call, so he drew his pistol. That, the officer says, is when he was kicked in the arm causing his gun to go off."
 

NC: Teen followed from bus, raped
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"Charlotte-Mecklenburg police are searching for four men who they say followed a 13-year-old girl from her bus stop back to her apartment Tuesday, forced her inside and raped her at gunpoint."

"Police got a call when the girl's mother found out what happened."

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This is a good reason why every girl and boy should know how to shoot and carry. When the government creates victim disarmament zones, predators come a lookin' for prey.
 

NY: Time to change toothless gun laws
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"Today is the first anniversary of the murder of two detectives who might still be alive were it not for a state law that treats the sale of a single firearm as no more serious than the possession of an altered MetroCard."

" 'After the tragic events of March 10th, 2003, where two detectives were murdered attempting to purchase illegal handguns in Staten Island, I feel we must do something to change the state's laws concerning the illegal sale of firearms and make them a more serious crime,' the letter read. 'As it stands now, these crimes are categorized as low-level nonviolent felonies ... If these laws are not changed, these two brave men will have left their families fatherless, husbandless, brotherless and sonless for virtually nothing and they will have died in vain.' "

"Yesterday, on the eve of the first anniversary of the killings, Frasse got some actual good news. The Assembly is expected to vote Monday on a gun bill sponsored by Assemblywoman Amy Paulin (D-Westchester by way of Brooklyn) that among other things toughens the present law regarding illegal gun sales. The bill would make it a C felony to sell five or more guns, a B felony to sell 10 or more."

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They STILL don't get it. Criminals don't care about the law! The only law that applies to them is the law of supply and demand. And as long as there's a demand for guns, there will always be a supply!
 

PA: Serial Rape Suspect Caught
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"Police say the suspect description and assaults were similar. The attacker approached women he apparently thought to be prostitutes or addicts in remote areas, identified himself as a cop, flashed a gun, night stick or badge, ordered or forced the victim into a car, drove to a remote place, wedged the car against a wall and then raped them."

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Meanwhile, Philly cops want more restrictions on the right to keep and bear arms, while armed thugs, rapists and murderers can fool women into believing they're law enforcement officers.
 

NJ: Police patrols bolstered after off-campus rapes
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"Rutgers University senior Julia Pujols, concerned about the sexual assaults of three women a block from campus earlier this week, wondered Wednesday how safe she feels taking classes at night."

"Pujols, a commuter who works during the day, is considering switching to daytime classes next semester. The attacks occurred near where she usually parks her car on the edge of the College Avenue campus, and she recognized the house where the assaults were reported."

" 'I'm like (thinking), I need to run to my car after classes,' she said. 'There's no security around there and it's really, really dark.' "

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Meanwhile, the police are handing out refrigerator magnets with emergency phone numbers on them. But not one of the police bureaucrats or government tyrants considered restoring these students' right to defend themselves with the most effective tool on the market today.
 

Women's History Month: Celebrating freedom
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"Wells began to write extensively about lynchings. Her investigations found that many followed accusations that black men had raped white women. Her editorial suggesting that white women could be attracted to black men incensed white racists. While she was out of town, her paper’s office was destroyed, and she was threatened with death if she returned to the South."

"Wells did not return. But despite whatever fear she may have felt — she started to keep a gun in her desk — she refused to stop reporting and publishing." ...
 

UK: Guns Pledge
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FULL TEXT BELOW:

METROPOLITAN Police Authority chairman Toby Harris signed a pledge against the capital's gun culture in Harrow on Monday.

He was among many people who signed up to the London-wide campaign when "pledge boards" circulated by the police arrived at the Gayton Road library.

The signatures of local youngsters, councillors and members of the public join those of Home Secretary David Blunkett, police commissioner Sir John Stephens, and sports and pop stars.

The main board will be at the library for a week, and others can be signed at other places around the borough. For details, call 020 8424 1739.
 

IL: Police investigate second rape on city's North Side
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Two women have been raped on the city's North Side in as many days. Police do not believe the cases are related.
One woman told police she was walking to work on Tuesday morning when a man with a gun forced her into a basement stairwell where she was raped.

Police are also looking for the man who raped a woman early Monday as she was hailing a cab in the 1900-block of North Lincoln.

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Gun control in action in "gun-free" Chicago. Mayor Daley must be ecstatic that these women couldn't shoot their attackers.
 

PA: Motorist draws charge for cache of fake firearms
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"A Bucks County man faces an unusual weapons charge following a traffic stop Monday on River Road."

"Robert B. McManus, 25, of Riegelsville, Pa., is charged with possession of imitation firearms, a fourth-degree criminal offense, police report."

"McManus was stopped about 1:21 p.m. for an alleged speeding violation, police said."

"The township officer spotted what appeared to be a genuine MP-5 submachine gun in plain sight and within reach of the driver, police said." ...

"Police then found a virtual arsenal of other imitation guns that were properly cased." ...

"Police said the charge is mainly based on the allegation that McManus did not put one of the guns in a case and it was within his reach during the traffic stop."
 

MD: Victims of Baltimore's disarmament
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"Robbery: Police were seeking a man who entered an apartment above Concord Baptist Church in the 3600 block of Marmon Ave. about 2 p.m. Monday, bound the 82-year-old male occupant's hands and feet with rope and robbed him at knifepoint of $140 in coins and currency." ...

"Robbery: A woman, 47, was walking in the 3700 block of Eldorado Ave. about 9:30 p.m. Sunday when a man robbed her of nearly $50." ...

"Robbery: A 56-year-old man was walking in the 800 block of Lancaster St. on Sunday evening when he was assaulted by three males who robbed him of $120 and a leather jacket." ...

"Robbery: Police were seeking two men, one armed with a handgun, who forced their way into a house in the 700 block of Dover St. about 7 p.m. Monday and robbed a woman, 38, of an undisclosed sum of money." ...

"Robbery: A woman, 45, was standing outside CVS Pharmacy in the 7800 block of Wise Ave. about 8 p.m. Monday when a man knocked her to the ground and stole her purse containing $62 in personal property and cash."

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Welcome to Baltimore's gun control haven.
 

Did the Free State Project Choose the Wrong Place?
Submitted by: LFA Editor
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"Ms McKinstry said that a Free State (within the 50 states) would be the best way to implement Federalism, and that secession was not a goal of the FSP. I have 3 thoughts on that statement. First, Federalism has never worked very well in the US. It has worked better in Canada. The Canadians have recently formed a new Province (Nunavut); Quebec nearly seceded a few years ago; two provinces have recognized gay marriage and have decriminalized marijuana. Second, the lack of a clear definition of Federalism in the US Constitution was a cause of the Civil War. Subsequent Amendments and interpretations have further blurred the definition. Finally, Federalism is an improper model of government for a group of people who owe their political lineage to the Anti-Federalists who supported the Articles of Confederation instead of the Federalists who supported the Constitution."
 

MS: Legislature To Consider (NRA Alert)
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"HB 989 by Rep. Warner McBride (D-Courtland) amends Mississippi's Right To Carry law to provide for true concealed pistol permit reciprocity. It deletes the current requirement that another state's law be 'substantially similar' to Mississippi law in order to qualify for a reciprocal agreement and establishes that Mississippi shall recognize any state which, in turn, recognizes Mississippi carry permits. This will vastly increase the number of states where Mississippi permit holders may lawfully protect themselves when traveling for business or personal reasons."
 

NY: Police corruption case widens to include more money, drugs
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"Investigators have found more than $700,000 in the storage locker of a former police detective at the heart of a widening corruption scandal, according to court papers made public Wednesday."

"The detective and his former partner were charged with selling cocaine that law enforcement officials said they stole from drug dealers and resold through confidential informants."

"The cash and drug allegations are detailed in a federal indictment charging former Detectives Thomas Rachko and Julio Vasquez with money laundering, narcotics conspiracy, money laundering conspiracy, lying to federal agents and using firearms in the drug conspiracy."
 

NM: Do as we say, not as we do
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"A New Mexico state lawmaker says he's 'terribly embarrassed' about his arrest for drunken driving."

"Especially since it came as he drove away from a bill-signing ceremony marking a crackdown on people who repeatedly drive while intoxicated."
 

Australia: Corrupt Cop Jailed
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"CORRUPT Sydney cop Matthew Jasper, already serving time for corruption and stealing, was sentenced today to at least three years jail for supplying heroin."

"The 33-year-old disgraced former Manly detective turned a blind eye to heroin dealings in return for accepting bribes, including an $80,000 one-off payout."

"Last April, Jasper was sentenced to seven years jail with a non-parole period of five years after pleading guilty to 13 corruption charges including receiving a corrupt award and stealing from a dwelling."
 

MD: Top Norris aide pleads guilty to conspiracy
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"John S. Stendrini, who served as chief of staff under former Baltimore police Commissioner Edward T. Norris, pleaded guilty Wednesday in the federal corruption probe that led to Norris' conviction this week and his disgraced departure from Maryland law enforcement."

"Stendrini, 60, pleaded guilty to one count of conspiring with Norris to use money from a little-known police expense account to pay for romantic liaisons, lavish meals, trips and gifts."

"He could receive up to six months in prison at sentencing, scheduled for June 21."
 

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