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Netherlands Hostage Siege Ends in Suicide
Submitted by: BobL

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"A gunman upset with the quality of wide-screen television grabbed as many as 18 hostages Monday in the tallest building in the Dutch capital, then shot and killed himself after a seven-hour siege, authorities said."
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Gosh, better license and register those guns now...What? That's already been done over there? Gee, how could this possibly happen if its illegal for bad guys to have guns?

(End sarcasm)

I strongly discourage everyone from attempting this at my workplace.
 

Panicking Into More Government Control
Submitted by: Andy Kellett

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"Any suspicious emails may be scrutinized and your computer may be surreptitiously entered to investigate whether a terrorist network lurks. Don't worry; you will not be notified if this occurs because the government has special powers now that Congress has passed the Patriot Act. Do you feel safer that our government is in more control ...?"
 

FL: Trial starts for Springer Guest Murdered After Show (Restraining Order Was Worthless.)
Submitted by: Jerry Rowe

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"SARASOTA, Fla. –– A man went on trial Monday for allegedly murdering his ex-wife hours after the couple and another woman appeared on a "Jerry Springer Show" episode about secret mistresses."

"Earlier that day, a judge had ordered Ralf Panitz to get out of the house after his ex-wife claimed she feared him."
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Yet another case of a toothless restraining order. She should have had a gun.
 

MD: FBI Uniform Crime Reports Show Maryland Has Highest Robbery Rate
Submitted by: Doug Charette

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"The most recent FBI Uniform Crime Reports (UCR) for 2000 show Maryland with the highest robbery rate in America for the sixth consecutive year."

"Inspection of the 2000 UCR crime data by mathematicians at Maryland Citizens Defense League (MCDL) shows Maryland has risen to No. 3 in violent crime, No. 3 in murder, and keeps America's top robbery rate, held since 1995, giving Maryland the dubious distinction as one of the most violent states in the nation."
 

How to debunk the recent Harvard School gun study
Submitted by: Chicago Farmer

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Statistical Malpractice – 'Firearm Availability' and Violence
by Miguel A. Faria Jr., M.D.

"American for Gun Safety has claimed it has found the link between terrorism and gun shows."

"The National Rifle Association (NRA) has correctly tagged AGS "an anti-gun lobbying group with no members, no gun safety programs, and now, no credibility. (4)"

The VPC, citing a Harvard School study of Public Health says: "The elevated rate of violent death among children in high gun ownership states cannot be explained by differences in state levels of poverty, education, or urbanization."
 

Censorship: Airport security no laughing matter
Submitted by: Newslinks Admin

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‘Drew Carey Show’ forced to change jokes about incompetent security

"Just to clear things up: Cleveland rocks. Network censorship does not rock. That about sums up Drew Carey’s feelings, after the sitcom star says he had a run-in with network censors regarding an episode of “The Drew Carey Show” making fun of airport security."

"CAREY IS PEEVED at ABC (join the club) after he says the network threatened to halt production on his show unless he made changes to the episode. The installment, set to be taped Thursday and air next month, features Carey’s goofball buddies Lewis (Ryan Stiles) and Oswald (Diedrich Bader) scoring jobs as airport security."
 

Brave new world of air travel -- Passengers may be called to help crew defend planes
Submitted by: Newslinks Admin

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"Even under ideal circumstances, Dan MacKay does not really enjoy flying. So it was with particular grit that the pharmaceutical salesman from New York girded himself for the worst on a recent trip to Atlanta. The crew of Delta Air Lines flight No. 1281 alerted MacKay before takeoff there was a “security breach” and that his help would be needed in the event of a mid-flight emergency. A flight attendant explained that several passengers with suspicious “profiles” had boarded the plane leaving La Guardia Airport without proper screening."
 

NV: Who are all these new 'gun criminals'?
Submitted by: Newslinks Admin

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"Well, well. Here comes another $480,000 federal Justice Department grant, funding a new Las Vegas Valley strike force comprising five deputy district attorneys and two investigators who will 'conduct weekly meetings with federal prosecutors, Las Vegas police firearms detectives and agents with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms,' (the folks who brought us Waco and Ruby Ridge)."

"No one likes violent crime or criminals. Who on earth could object to this?"

"Oh ... me. And maybe you will, too, when you find out what it's really all about."
 

Are We Helping Terrorists by Not Legalizing Drugs?
Submitted by: Newslinks Admin

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This is a partial transcript from The O'Reilly Factor, March 6, 2002.

"BILL O'REILLY, HOST: In the Back of the Book segment tonight, the Bush administration is paying for anti-drug advertisements that say any American who buys illegal narcotics is aiding terrorists, because those people fund their mayhem partially through the drug traffic."

"But some libertarians disagree. They say the U.S. government aids terrorism by not legalizing drugs, thus taking the profit out of them."

"Joining us now from Washington is Ron Crickenberger, the political director of the Libertarian party."
 

The power to seize homes is the power to destroy lives
Submitted by: Newslinks Admin

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"The never-ending battle over property rights (what can you do with what you own, and who can take it away from you?) often gets short-shrift in mainstream conversations about civil liberties. That's a shame. After all, once you've run the gauntlet of abuses by petty officials, home is where you hope to find refuge. That means that you're thoroughly screwed if somebody's nailed a seizure notice to the front door and handed you a like-it-or-lump-it check for half of the old homestead's market value."
 

Thank Goodness for the Bill of Rights!
Submitted by: Newslinks Admin

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"Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld’s recent admission that a U.S. raid in Afghanistan mistakenly killed 16 innocent people suggests how grateful Americans should be that their ancestors insisted on the inclusion of a Bill of Rights as a condition of adopting the U.S. Constitution. While the U.S. raiders were convinced that the victims of the raid were members of the Taliban or al-Qaeda, they actually turned out to be anti-Taliban guerrillas loyal to the new U.S.-installed Afghan government."
 

HI: The Invisible Gun
Submitted by: Newslinks Admin

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"However, throughout history, the government’s ever-present regulations have spawned yet another sociopolitical-economic phenomenon -- one whose existence very few people are willing to acknowledge and one that is inherent in all laws enforced by the state. I call it 'the Invisible Gun'."

"If one commits a minor offense, such as parking on state property without feeding the parking meter, then this person can be fined a monetary sum. If he doesn’t pay it, the fines increase. If none of them are paid, then the police are sent to arrest and incarcerate this person. If he continues to resist, he can be beaten or even shot."

"Every law is backed by a gun."
 

MD: Federal judge criticizes reversed police convictions
Submitted by: Newslinks Admin

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"A federal appeals judge harshly criticized the reversal of police convictions in the Abner Louima torture case during a speech yesterday that compared the ruling to official indifference toward 1940s lynchings in the South."

"When the courts default, as happened in the 2nd Circuit in the Louima case, persons sometimes wonder what is the answer," Judge Jones said in criticizing the three-judge appeals panel in New York.
 

CA: Aggressive anti-pot police force targeted; judge accuses detective of lying to get warrant
Submitted by: Newslinks Admin

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"More than a dozen individuals targeted by the Placer County narcotics unit in 1998 and 1999 now claim, in five federal lawsuits, that their civil rights were violated by 'lying,' 'malicious,' 'unprofessional,' 'storm-trooper-style' officers."

"One judge agrees there were defects in the warrants and went so far as to accuse a detective of lying to the magistrate who issued those warrants about license plates he said he checked and subpoenas he said he served."
 

Spying the American Way of Life?
Submitted by: Doug Charette

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"Last month's revelation that President Bush wants hundreds of millions of dollars to invent innovative ways to spy on Americans was greeted not with suspicion, but shoulder-shrugging indifference."

"Save for a few battle-weary civil libertarians, not many people have been fretting about how cameras now monitor all downtown areas in Washington, D.C., or the unchecked spread of face-recognition cameras that spy on travelers in airports and sports fans in arenas."
 

A People’s Constitution
Submitted by: Doug Charette

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"Opponents of the campaign-finance bill are arguing that President Bush should veto it because it is unconstitutional. In making this case for a veto, the opponents have raised a question whose importance transcends the particular constitutional dispute at hand: namely, does the president have a duty to make judgments about constitutional disputes in the first place?"
 

AZ: Gun range aims high, as in exclusive
Submitted by: Doug Charette

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"Scottsdale, where tourists laze away the days, soon will have a club that will let them blaze away with machine guns on desert Humvee trips and blast away at mock invaders in mock-ups of their own homes."

"The Scottsdale Gun Club, described by its owners as the world's largest civilian indoor shooting range, will open in September at the Armory, a 3-year-old firearms retail outlet in Scottsdale Airpark with $750,000 worth of gun merchandise for sale and rent."
 

Arming Pilots Is the Best Way to Get Air Security
Submitted by: Doug Charette

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"His timing wasn't the best."

"The morning after U.S. Transportation Secretary Norman Y. Mineta announced that he opposed letting airline pilots have guns to guard their cockpits--though he might consider stun guns--the Washington Post reported "a declining number of federal air marshals are aboard flights using Reagan National Airport."

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U.S. should follow MA and 'Stop Handgun Violence'
Submitted by: Doug Charette

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"Calling Massachusetts a 'model for the nation,' Stop Handgun Violence co-founder John Rosenthal was in town yesterday looking for help to spread the group's message throughout the country."

"'No state in the nation has done what this state has done,' Rosenthal told a gathering of politicians, activists and concerned citizens at a fund raiser held at the home of state Rep. Cory Atkins, D-Concord, and her husband, former U.S. Rep. Chet Atkins."

KABA NOTE: Email Boston Herald With Your Thoughts
 

Your help is needed to ARM PILOTS
Submitted by: Doug Charette

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"On Monday March 4, Secretary Norman Mineta and Director Tom Ridge came out in opposition to arming airline pilots. Of course, they stated that these are only personal opinions. Even at that, knowing that these gentlemen have never been what you could call pro-gun, for them to go against the wishes of the Administration is telling."

"It is one thing for an administration lackey to have personal opinions that they keep to themselves, but it is another thing to publicly state them."

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Since Sept. 11, even U.S. college girls carry handguns
Submitted by: Doug Charette

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KABA NOTE: This is the same pathetic, gun-bigoted article that ran in U.S. newspapers last week. Now, it shows up in the International Herald Tribune. ...

"A generation ago, women here at Mount Holyoke College defied convention by burning bras and moving in with boyfriends. These days, some women here are shocking the campus by embracing something even more dangerous than men - guns."

"One of my guy friends said, 'you're a chick with a gun - I'm scared,"' recalled Elizabeth Abbate, beaming.
 

Israel: Gun sales rise as Israelis live in dread
Submitted by: Doug Charette

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"Israelis are rushing to buy weapons in the wake of the sudden surge in Palestinian attacks on Israeli cities and the government's decision last week to further loosen the country's already lax gun laws."

"There are 340,000 legal gun owners in a population of 6.3 million but Vered Schnittman, the manager of a gun shop in the central town of Petah Tikva, says her custom has now risen 10-fold, to 60 shoppers a day."

"I have also started packing my pistol every day for the ride to my apartment, and I can tell you from the bottom of my heart that I feel safer," Ms Schnittman said. "I am not planning to kill anybody, that is not my idea of life, but if it's a case of him or me..."
 

WI: Witnesses push for gun law (CCW)
Submitted by: Doug Charette

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"Gregg Senn is waiting to hear if his application for a permit to carry a concealed firearm in Texas is approved. If he's accepted, Senn could carry a concealed firearm in Texas and up to 11 other states."

"But not in Wisconsin," Senn said. That's because Wisconsin is one of six states banning the practice.

"Senn and others jammed the Eagle's Club in Hallie on Saturday for a hearing by the state Senate Committee on Judiciary, Consumer Affairs and Campaign Finance Reform on the Personal Protection Act. All but five people testifying during the over hour session favored passing the bill."
 

Afghanistan: Disarming begins in nation ruled by guns
Submitted by: Doug Charette

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"PROVINCE chiefs appointed by the interim Afghan government have begun the painful process of trying to disarm a population in which guns are regarded as both symbols of manhood and essential for personal security."

"After three decades of continuous war, the UN estimates that there are two assault rifles or machine-guns for every five men, women and children in the country - the equivalent of Britain being flooded with 22 million military-grade firearms."

"In Kandahar, the spiritual home and main stronghold of the deposed Taliban regime, local police have collected or confiscated 60,000 pieces of lethal hardware, ranging from the ubiquitous AK47 rifle to grenade launchers, mortars and anti-aircraft missiles since January."
 

IL: Judge alters tone of campaign
Submitted by: Doug Charette

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"Though Supreme Court candidates rarely tout anything except their credentials, Steigmann ran an ad on central Illinois television stations declaring his support for the University of Illinois' controversial mascot Chief Illiniwek. He worked the crowd at a gun show while talking up his support for the 2nd Amendment."
 

UT: Fair Warning (letter)
Submitted by: Doug Charette

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A message from one of the Sheeple:

"The Legislature has again shown us its gun wisdom, a wisdom that seems to be lost on a majority of the rest of us. We have had the following proposals from this august body:..."
 

FL: Simulator replaces police firing range
Submitted by: Doug Charette

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"Standing in the dark with weapons drawn, cops are facing off daily against thugs holding guns, knives and hostages. They try to talk the bad guys down, get them to drop their weapons, let their prisoners go."

"Sometimes it works."

"When it doesn't, the air explodes with gunshots and shouting. Then the lights come on."
 

MT: Dave Burgert Denies 'Project 7' Allegations
Submitted by: Andy Kellett

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"I'm not the leader of the militia. There's no plot to overthrow the government or murder anybody," he said from the county jail Wednesday.

"Since his arrest, which involved a SWAT-team action in the woods west of Kalispell, Burgert has been accused of leading a group of people towards an insurrection that involves killing local judges, officers, and attorneys."

Burgert, 38, said the "hit list" that drew local and national attention in the last couple of weeks is fabricated.

KABA NOTE: Considering the LARGE number of liberal media outlets that ran articles letting the police chief call Mr. Burgert names and otherwise defame him, can we look forward to their running the defendant's side of the story now?
 

WI: Gun debate hit Shilling close to home
Submitted by: Doug Charette

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KABA NOTE: This is yet another anti-CCW person using the blood of relatives to oppose free access to the means of self-defense. Somehow, the tragic loss of her parents (and preventable, possibly, if they'd been armed) to someone criminally misusing guns is justification to make sure everybody else is a sitting duck, too. The warped equation, in the minds of people like this, is: "My mama got shot to death, so your mama should be easy prey, too."

>Email the Editor With Your Thoughts.
 

NJ: PETA officials collide with deer (Wash. Times version)
Submitted by: Doug Charette

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"There's plenty of laughter and a little sadness in the hunting community over an incident involving a deer that collided with an automobile driven by two animal rights campaigners who belong to the People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals. The folks who worship at the altar of animals now want to sue a New Jersey game department over the incident, claiming it's the state's fault that it happened."
 

Arms Prohibition Initiates Constitutional Question
Submitted by: Doug Charette

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"There is quite a bit of 'government' talk and potential actions being bantered about by our federal elected officials, to 'federalize' airport security personnel, with the designed, unchallenged objective to increase and enhance security at major airports throughout the United States."

"As usual, airport 'security' actions are still coupled with measures that include the prohibition of 'arms' within an airport and on an aircraft."

"This 'arms' prohibition initiates the following constitutional question:" ...
 

Justice Department Wants to Destroy Possible OKC Evidence
Submitted by: Doug Charette

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"An inmate in federal custody filed a response to a motion with a federal judge, warning that a storehouse of firearms and bombmaking material the government wants to destroy, includes potential evidence in the Terry Nichols' trial in Oklahoma and could also be linked to a triple-homicide in Arkansas, the McCurtain Daily Gazette has learned."

"The government's application for destruction of this material comes after this newspaper filed a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) appeal for the material."
 

CA: 4-year-old stable after pit bulls attack
Submitted by: Tom Allison
Website: http://eternalvigilance.blogspot.com

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"Mario Martinez, 31, of San Jose, and Jason Hill, 26, who were nearby and heard the boys' cries for help, ran to his aid. "(T)he white pit bull had its jaws locked on the head of the victim.The dog dragged the victim approximately 6 feet toward a back yard near the alley."

"Martinez and Hill, armed with sticks, struck at the white dog until it let go."

Tom Allison NOTE: Stick good. Firearm better.

KABA NOTE: Because this attack took place in California, even if the boy's rescuers had a firearm with which to more effectively neutralize the vicious animals, fear of going to jail for helping this young lad would likely have prevented them from taking such sensible measures. In other words, the state is willing to let little boys get eaten by dogs.
 

Arm the Bus Drivers – and the Passengers Too
Submitted by: Anonymous

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"If pilots were allowed to carry weapons, railroad engineers and bus drivers would soon be asking to do the same, [Director of Homeland Security Tom] Ridge argued."

"Well, come to think of it, they probably would. But Ridge failed to explain why that would be bad."

"The fact is, we should be arming not only the engineers and bus drivers, but the passengers as well. Guns in the hands of honest citizens are formidable deterrents against would-be hijackers."

KABA NOTE: Tom Ridge's statements saying arming pilots "doesn't make sense" and insinuating that arming bus drivers also "doesn't make sense" leave sensible gun owners believing he is incapable of fulfilling the duties of his job and should step down -- replaced by a Real American who respects the right to self-defense with which all human beings are endowed at birth.
 

Vast majority of pilots would rather be armed
Submitted by: Doug Charette

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"Gun support: While the debate continues over whether guns should be allowed in airline cockpits, there doesn't appear to be much argument among pilots."

"According to a poll commissioned by the Air Line Pilots Association, 73 percent of its 67,000 members favors firearms."

"Of the 24 percent opposed, many are no longer active, the association says."

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