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Government seeks easier Internet wiretaps
Submitted by: Sean Glazier

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"The US Justice Department has filed a petition this week to the Federal Communications Commission which requests that Internet Service Providers (ISPs) grant easier access to the FBI and other government agencies for monitoring Internet activity."

"The petition seeks that wiretaps (or snooping as it's known) and other surveillance methods effectively be paid for by the consumer."

"The petition comes as government agencies grow more concerned over the anonymity of the Internet and its possible uses for terrorist and criminal communications."

"However the petition aims to cover all forms of communication across the Internet, such as web site monitoring, instant messaging, e-mail and voice over IP (Internet digital telephone calls)."
 

MA: The Massachusetts Internet tax mystery
Submitted by: Sean Glazier

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"A mystery is brewing in Massachusetts over how state tax collectors learned the identities of residents who bought cigarettes over the Internet." ...

"...The two possible culprits: DirtCheap and the United Parcel Service, which the company uses to ship cigarettes. DirtCheap's lawyer told the Boston Globe that his client did not turn over the customer lists but said the state had obtained UPS spreadsheets that have delivery information. ..." ...

" 'The company's privacy policy is somewhat ambiguous, saying 'we do provide personal data to government agencies as required by law or regulation.' Rosenberg said that means 'a subpoena or part of the discovery process in a formal manner to comply with the law--it's definitely more than a mere request.' " ...

"Massachusetts may have the law on its side in tracking down its taxpayers, but it doesn't mean that the law is right or that the taxes are wise. Attempts to collect revenue should be weighed against the privacy of taxpayers. Turning UPS or other shipping companies into government informants that report on Internet shoppers is not an acceptable price to pay."
 

Peter Hupalo: An unfair attack on firearms
Submitted by: Sean Glazier

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"The editorial insinuated that this bill provides "wholesale exemptions from civil lawsuits" to the gun industry. That is completely untrue. The bill only seeks to protect manufacturers from frivolous and politically motivated lawsuits where harm has been done by third parties." ...

"If a firearm functions as intended and is sold legally, should a gun manufacturer be sued if a criminal misuses the gun? That is the kind of politically motivated lawsuit that this bill addresses." ...

"The gun control lobby has been increasingly unsuccessful in seeking to ban all firearms from America. Therefore, it is trying to turn away from lawmaking to trying to force its agenda through the court system by twisting the interpretation of current law." ...

"The Star Tribune writes: 'There is simply no legitimate need for those types of rapid-fire weapons.' "

"That's not how rights work. Is there really a legitimate need for most peaceful demonstrations? And who should determine which demonstrations are legitimate? Applying the antigun logic to the other amendments clearly shows how flawed the antigun, politically motivated thinking is."
 

Senators seek to limit Internet tax moratorium
Submitted by: Sean Glazier

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"Four U.S. senators will introduce a bill to extend a now-expired Internet tax moratorium by two years, instead of a permanent ban on Internet-only taxes that passed through the U.S. House of Representatives in September."

"Senators opposed to the permanent ban in the House-passed Internet Tax Non-discrimination Act said the definition of Internet access in the bill could result in a ban on taxing many telecommunications services as carriers of traditional telephone service move more of their traffic to the Internet. Sens. Thomas Carper (D-Del.) and Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) said their two-year extension of a five-year moratorium would continue the ban but define Internet access as not including telecommunications services." ...

"Sens. George Allen (R-Va.) and Ron Wyden (D-Ore.), co-sponsors of the permanent Internet Tax Non-discrimination Act in the Senate, have backed a permanent ban as good for growth of the Internet. ..."
 

America Mired in Morass of Laws and Regulations
Submitted by: Vladimir Kushnir
Website: http://vkus.freeyellow.com

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"Putting your personal opinion of Stewart aside for a moment, the case prompts larger questions about the laws and regulations that govern our land: If jurors can’t understand a law well enough to determine if someone broke it, just how do lawmakers expect citizens to understand it enough to obey it? Do we really want to live in a country where good-intentioned people are required to pay high-priced attorneys to tell them whether or not they’re breaking the law?"
 

CA: City falls victim to Internet hoax, considers banning items made with water
Submitted by: Newslinks Admin

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"We had a paralegal who did bad research."

"The paralegal apparently fell victim to one of the many official looking Web sites that have been put up by pranksters to describe dihydrogen monoxide as 'an odorless, tasteless chemical' that can be deadly if accidentally inhaled."

"As a result, the City Council of this Orange County suburb had been scheduled to vote next week on a proposed law that would have banned the use of foam containers at city-sponsored events. Among the reasons given for the ban were that they were made with a substance that could 'threaten human health and safety.' "

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The bureaucrats' knee-jerk answer to absolutely everything, "Ban, ban, ban!"

Lenina Huxley: [A]nything not good for you is bad, hence, illegal. Alcohol, caffeine, contact sports, meat . . .

John Spartan: Are you sh**ing me?

A computer: John Spartan, you are fined one credit for a violation of the verbal morality statute.

John Spartan: What the Hell is that?

A computer: John Spartan, you are fined one credit . . .

Lenina Huxley: Bad language, child play, gasoline, uneducational toys, and anything spicy. Abortion is also illegal. But, then again so is pregnancy, if you don't have a license.
 

Fast food and fat lawsuits
Submitted by: Newslinks Admin

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"Victor Schwartz, a leading expert on tort law ...thinks a greater danger to the industry is that at some point state attorneys general will start filing lawsuits demanding compensation for Medicaid expenses, as they did with tobacco."

"...The agreement that settled the state tobacco lawsuits in effect imposed a nationwide tax and nationwide regulations, including advertising restrictions that would have been unconstitutional if imposed by statute, without approval from Congress or any state legislature."

"A similar arrangement with food companies (or gun manufacturers, the concern of the other NRA) likewise would usurp the authority of state and federal legislators. ..."
 

KS: Kansas Senate To Hear HB 2798, Right To Carry! (NRA Alert)
Submitted by: Newslinks Admin

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"Last week the Kansas House passed HB 2798, the Personal and Family Protection Act. HB 2798 will provide law-abiding gun owners the ability to protect themselves and their loved ones. Today, Monday, March 15th, the Kansas Senate Federal & State Affairs Committee is scheduled to hear HB 2798. The Senate will be voting on the bill next week. Please contact the Federal & State Affairs Committee and your state Senators and respectfully urge them to support HB 2798."
 

NY: New York Members! Please Contact Your Representatives! (NRA Alert)
Submitted by: Newslinks Admin

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"Several bills that would impact law-abiding gun owners, hunters, and sportsmen are currently pending in the Assembly. They include
A 3311, which would prohibit the sale of any pistol or revolver not containing a 'child-proofing' device; and A 4615C, which legislates how gun owners must store their firearms and creates new crimes and penalties. Reported out of the Assembly Ways and Means Committee this week were A 7039 (same as S 4453), which bans the sale, use, and possession of .50-caliber firearms; and A 8542B, which would expand the current ballistic 'identification' program to include rifles and shotguns. ...Please contact your Assembly member and urge him to OPPOSE the proposals listed above."
 

MS: Right-to-Carry Reciprocity Bill To Be Considered This Week (NRA Alert)
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"HB 989, the NRA-backed Right-to-Carry Reciprocity reform bill, has been reported out of the House Judiciary B Committee and will be considered by the full House next week. Currently, Mississippi has negotiated reciprocal agreements with only five states. This bill will open the door for agreements to be negotiated with most other Right-to-Carry states. Please contact your State Representative and urge him to support HB 989. ..."
 

ME: Ban sought on assault rifles
Submitted by: Sean Glazier

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"With the federal ban on assault rifles due to expire in six months, two state lawmakers plan to introduce a measure this week that could lead to a Maine law banning the weapons. During a news conference Sunday, state Sen. Ethan Strimling, a Democrat from Portland, said he does not believe the 10-year-old federal ban will be reauthorized, even though the president has said he would sign a reauthorization."

"Unless the state Legislature acts now, Strimling said, it will be a year before a state ban could be put into effect. 'If that's not an emergency, I don't know what is,' he said."

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An emergency? These weapons are used in about 2 percent of all crimes, and were used even less frequently before the federal ban. The paranoia is unwarranted.
 

Why I Love the Free State Project
Submitted by: LFA Editor
Website: http://www.libertyforall.net

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"In case you hadn't heard, last week the residents of Killington voted overwhelmingly to secede from Vermont and join their neighbor to the east. That's pretty darn remarkable, especially when you consider that Killington is smack dab in the middle of Vermont, and not on the New Hampshire border."

"Why would the good people of Killington want to do such a thing? Taxes, pure and simple. Somebody up there figured out that Killington sends about $10 million in tax revenues up to Montpelier, and only gets back about $1 million. They looked east, saw lower taxes and smaller government, and decided they would rather be there."
 

NV: City of Elko Bars Local Participation in Intrusive Federal Security Measures: Councilors Unanimously Say "No" to Abuses Under the USA PATRIOT Act
Submitted by: LFA Editor
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"The American Civil Liberties Union of Nevada (ACLU) today applauded passage of a resolution by the Elko City Council enforcing the protection of individual liberties for all residents in the face of intrusive federal actions taken since 9/11. The pro-civil liberties resolution makes Elko one of the strongest critics of the federal government's controversial USA PATRIOT Act and initiates policies prohibiting enforcement of the law at the city level. Adopted by a unanimous vote, the city of Elko's resolution is the second in the state of Nevada, following Elko County, and the 264th of its kind to pass in a city, county or state jurisdiction around the country. Over 46 million Americans are now covered by these resolutions across 38 states."
 

OR: Portland Police Bureau recalls .45 caliber Glock weapons after incidents
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
Website: http://home.comcast.net/~bruce.krafft/

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"Portland Police Chief Derrick Foxworth has ordered a recall of .45-caliber Glock Model 21 firearms, weapons carried by 230 Portland officers."

"His order comes after two of the guns exploded in the hands of two separate officers during training this month. Neither of the officers was seriously injured." ...

"Police will switch to 9 mm handguns. They are negotiating with company, whose North American headquarters is in Smyrna, Ga., to replace the .45-caliber weapons with 9 mm handguns at no cost."
 

MS: Officers say Carroll County store owner shoots robber
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"A Carroll County store owner shot and killed a man during a robbery attempt at the business this past weekend, authorities said."

"No charges were filed against Subramonia Pillai, owner of the 1782 Quick Stop on U.S. 82, but officials said the case would be presented to a county grand jury."

"Pillai said he fired his weapon in self-defense early Sunday after the man, who was not armed, and two companions were caught robbing his store and ran toward him, Carroll County Sheriff Donald Gray said."
 

LA: Sheriff’s Office reaches out
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"Q: What are the programs for the public in general?"

"A: We have neighborhood watch programs — 14 or 15 groups now and growing. We teach street-wise self defense for women. Civilian firearms courses are also offered. We don’t encourage people to go out and buy a weapon, but if they do, we want to make sure they are properly trained in how to handle it safely. We have a hunter safety course."

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At least they are heading in the right direction. Now they need to actively encourage people to go out and buy the most effective, safest, self-defense tool in existence. . . .
 

Angola: Disarmament of Civilians Defended
Submitted by: Newslinks Admin

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"The National Police Commander of Caimbambo district, Superintendent Domingos Isaac, defended Today the need to disarm civilians, to guarantee peace and stability in that region of the country." ...

"According to the Commander, police officers in these regions will proceed with the operation of searching and collecting of guns and other military materials until the full disarmament of civilian citizens."

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There's nothing a tyrant loves more than a disarmed populace.
 

Australia: Guards stripped of guns in hold-up
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"THREE security guards had their weapons and money stolen at gunpoint as they topped up an automated teller machine (ATM) in Sydney's west." ...

"The offender threatened one guard with a silver handgun and removed the guard's revolver."

"The man then threatened the two other security guards inside the shop and ordered they hand over their guns."

"A second man entered the shop to collect the loot and then both fled the store with the guns and a box containing an amount of money."

"The offenders then made off in a Toyota hatchback driven by a third man which was last seen travelling south along Woodburn Road."
 

NJ: Another Violent Break-In At Rutgers University Where Thugs Are Doubly Guaranteed Disarmed Victims
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"Police believe the suspects were looking for drugs when they entered a home on Stone Street. Police also believe the pair was part of a larger group that assaulted several women just up the block inside their home last week. The suspects are still on the loose."

"Police say this latest crime may be connected to the rape and robbery of three women last week. Four or five suspects terrorized the women after entering through the first floor of this house. It all happened while other students were upstairs, and didn't hear a sound."

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More helpless victims disarmed by the state and their University.
 

EU: European Union Changes Could Spark Trade War
Submitted by: Sean Glazier

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"On February 12th, the European Council of Economics and Finance Ministers (ECOFIN) took steps towards new laws that would require non-European companies to collect value added tax (VAT) on sales of digital products to EU consumers (non-EU companies already collect/remit VAT on tangible goods)." ...

"Under the plan approved by the Council, non-EU sellers would register in one of the 15 member states of the European Union, but would collect tax based on the actual locations of customers. Sellers of digital products would be included in the new rules (software, video, music, books, and entertainment), collecting VAT on sales to European non-business customers, once their sales reach a certain threshold."
 

Internet Tax Conspiracy Theory? Report Released Today by the Institute for Policy Innovation
Submitted by: Sean Glazier

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"According to a report released today by the Institute for Policy Innovation (IPI), there's a real Internet tax conspiracy taking place: lawmakers are twisting the Constitution in order to give the states a permission slip to tax Internet access."

"In 'Return of the Cybertax,' author and IPI Visiting Scholar George Pieler explains how 'Senator Lamar Alexander and a group of former Governors in the Senate have used false federalism to push a political agenda instead of real tax policy.' "

"For all these lawmakers' arguments in favor of Internet taxation, the real blockbuster issue is whether the Constitution gives Internet tax power to the states or to the federal government."
 

UK: 'Snooping' protest as firms track workers' mobiles
Submitted by: Sean Glazier

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"Rapidly growing numbers of workers are having their movements monitored by their bosses through signals from their mobile phones."

"An estimated 40,000 employees are registered to new services which allow managers to pinpoint their locations at the click of a computer mouse. The figure is growing at a rate of around 20 per cent per month."

"Many employers argue that they have a right to check whether staff are where they are supposed to be, but unions and civil liberties groups claim the development is part of a sinister Big Brother trend towards greater surveillance."
 

CO: Shooting club attracts 54 kids in Garfield 4-H
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"Jessica Erpestad shoots like a girl — and that’s just fine with her."

"Thursday night at the Silt Fire Station, Erpestad, 15, wore a bright red shirt with 'Jessie' embroidered on the front in small letters, and 'I shoot like a girl' on the back in big, bold cursive type. She was attending the Rifle Future Sportsmen’s Club meeting, along with more than 50 kids, parents and 4-H leaders."

" 'When I started with the club five years ago, my sister Sara and I were the only girls,' Erpestad said. 'We were kicking all the boys’ butts, so we figured we needed a shirt.' "

"The club practices shotgun, .22 rifle, archery, air rifle and air pistol in weekly sessions throughout the spring and summer, finishing with competition at the end of the season."
 

MI: Cops' gunfire draws questions and probe
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"It happened Jan. 13. The four-legged suspect, named Bugsy, was loose, and the cops said it attacked them. They nailed Bugsy after firing more than 20 shots. Their bullets also hit two houses and a plastic tank filled with gas."

"The Detroit Police Department's internal affairs unit and Office of the Chief Investigator, which handles citizen complaints, are investigating the incident, involving three officers from the 5th (Jefferson) Precinct."

"Claiborne, who is a Detroit firefighter, is still livid when he talks about the officers running up and down his block on Harvard and firing their guns repeatedly. One of the shots went through his front window as he was holding his daughter in the kitchen, slamming into a wall several feet from them."
 

MI: Program teaches students gun danger
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"It's an alarming problem that has the U.S. Justice Department and attorney's office aiming to educate students about guns."

"Bunche Elementary School in Flint Monday explored the dangers of weapons through skits. ..."

"It's an alarming problem that has the U.S. Justice Department and attorney's office aiming to educate students about guns.

"Bunche Elementary School in Flint Monday explored the dangers of weapons through skits. ..."

"Project 'Safe Neighborhoods,' organized by the U.S. Department of Justice, brings in police officers, lawyers and nurses to talk about the reality of guns."
 

Conservative Group to Bring Lawsuit Against Senate Secretary Over Kerry Absences
Submitted by: Sean Glazier

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"The oldest conservative lobbying organization in America is preparing to file a federal lawsuit against the United States Senate for refusing to enforce a legal requirement by the Senate secretary to dock the pay of Sen. John F. Kerry (D-MA) every time he has missed votes in the past year while campaigning for president."

"The American Conservative Union notes that Kerry missed a total of 292 votes, or 64 percent, in the U.S. Senate in 2003. In addition, the likely Democratic presidential nominee missed the first 22 votes in the U.S. Senate in 2004 before voting on several gun control bills recently."
 

IN: Woman kills husband with hammer.
Submitted by: Larry Mitchell

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FULL TEXT BELOW:

An Indianapolis man died Sunday after police said his wife hit him in the head with a hammer.

It happened at about 9 p.m. in the 2300 block of Barnor Drive, Indianapolis television station RTV6 reported.

Police said the couple's 13-year-old son called 911 and said his father was attacking his mother before she delivered the fatal blow. The man was declared dead at the scene.

Investigators were questioning the woman and more information was expected to be released about the incident Monday.

Prosecutors will review the case and decide whether it was justifiable homicide or whether charges should be filed, police said.
 

CA: Reining in our weaponry: Why Republicans need assault-weapons ban
Submitted by: J. R. Miller

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"...I'm wondering why certain Republicans are choosing to hand the Kerry campaign a controversial issue on a 'nickel-plated' platter. That issue being the ban on assault weapons."

"Politics aside, for national security reasons, a number of Republicans, independents and even Democrats believe it's imperative to re-elect President Bush. As potential 'single issue' voters, these Americans strongly believe that post-Sept. 11, Bush has and will continue to take the fight to the terrorists. So again, I ask some of my fellow Republicans, if you believe this to be true, why endanger his re-election by supporting these obscene weapons of death?"

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Do cite any portion of our Constitution that allows the government to ban arms considered too frightening by hanky-wringing politicians.
 

WI: Guns make us less safe
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
Website: http://home.comcast.net/~bruce.krafft/

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"...The opponents of concealed carry, however, do have one irrefutable statistical and argumentative advantage. So remember these two questions and one number, and make it the core of opposing concealed carry:"

"Q. Do guns that are available for self-defense make people safer?"

A. No."

"Q. How much less safe?"

"A. 22 times less safe."

"A gun in the home - thus available for self-defense - is 22 times more likely to be used in an assault or homicide, an accidental shooting or a suicide or attempted suicide."

"The study was published in The Journal of Trauma, Injury, Infection and Critical Care, in August 1998, by Dr. Arthur Kellerman of Emory University in Atlanta and four other authors."

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It's difficult to believe any "journalist" with integrity would insult our intelligence by citing one of the most discredited studies in existence today. Even the study's author Arthur Kellerman admits that his study did "not include cases in which burglars or intruders are
wounded or frightened away by the use or display of a firearm." He also admitted his study did not look at situations in which intruders "purposely avoided a home known to be armed."

In other words, this “study” was tailored to achieve a desired result.

In his critique of this “study”, criminologist Gary Kleck notes that the estimation of gun ownership rates were 'inaccurate," and that the total population came from a non-random selection of only two cities.

The only people who still give any credence at all to this biased piece of work are gun banners with an obvious agenda.

Time to educate this buffoon:
tctvoice@madison.com
 

FL: Man runs down ex-wife and mother-in-law with pickup truck
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"A 69-year-old man rammed a pickup truck into his ex-wife's home and then ran her and her 85-year-old mother down as they tried to flee, killing them both, authorities said."

" 'He planned it out,' said Santa Rosa Sheriff's Office spokesman Jerry Henderson. 'The center of his steering wheel was wrapped in rope, apparently to prevent the air bag from deploying.' "

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In other news, the CPAV (Coalition to Prevent Automotive Violence) is calling for strict legislation to stop such deadly attacks. Yeah, right.
 

KS: Kan. Senate Committee Hears From Concealed Gun Supporters
Submitted by: Newslinks Admin

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"A Texas legislator whose parents died in a 1991 shooting spree in a cafeteria urged a Kansas Senate committee to endorse a bill that would allow Kansans to carry concealed weapons."

"The Federal and State Affairs Committee is reviewing a House-passed measure that would require the state to issue concealed carry permits to any Kansan who qualifies and pays a $150 application fee. ..."

"Texas state Rep. Suzanna Hupp told the committee she wishes she'd had her gun with her when she and her parents dined at a Luby's restaurant in Killeen, Texas, in October 1991. She'd left her gun in her car, something she realized only after a man ran his truck into the building, got out and started shooting."
 

Congress Legalizes Involuntary Servitude
Submitted by: LFA Editor
Website: http://www.libertyforall.net

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"It has become almost impossible for folks who advocate limited government to successfully run and get elected to office. Concerning elections it has been said it does not matter who gets the votes, what matters is who COUNTS the votes. Well, it could be taken one step further by saying that whoever is placed -- or not placed -- on a ballot will certainly determine the outcome of an election thereby determining legislation that governs us all. Our Republic has been highjacked by plutocrats and oligarchs through corrupt and power obsessed sociopaths who call themselves politicians. As Dr. Ron Paul stated about the so called 'Campaign Finance Bill' that recently passed in the House, 'This legislation thus represents an attempt by Congress to fix a problem created by excessive government intervention in the economy with another infringement on the people's constitutional liberties.' " ...
 

IN: Plan to post list of gun permit holders online causes debate
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"...Several gun permit holders called to protest our plan to post online the list of gun permit holders, which is a public record. ..."

"Their calls prompted a re-examination of our plans." ...

"The more than two dozen people with whom I spoke, including readers, staffers and the previously mentioned experts, seemed evenly split. So, I decided to delay posting the list while I solicit more feedback. ..."

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Gee, so magnanimous, are we? How about we find and publish your private information nationwide? After all, as a newspaper editor you certainly wield considerable power and the ability to destroy lives. How about we treat you like a potential danger? Would you like that, Ms. Austin?

What kind of repugnant coward would subject law-abiding people, who choose to exercise their Second Amendment rights, to potential job loss at the hands of gun bigots, robbery and hoplophobic scrutiny?

What kind of moral justification could there be for treating peaceable citizens like you would treat sex offenders and child molesters?
 

UK: Imitation gun threat leads to 18-month jail sentence
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"A man who pointed an imitation gun into the face of a market stallholder he believed was a pervert has been sent to youth custody for 18 months. Exeter Crown Court heard that Lee Stynes, 20, committed the offence while on parole and the day before he was due before magistrates on another charge."

"Prosecutor Andrew Oldland said the victim was working on his stall in Sidwell Street, Exeter, when Stynes demanded money from him, saying he had a gun. The stallholder did not take the threat too seriously but Stynes pulled the gun from his waistband and held its barrel two feet from the victim's face, saying: 'Now do you believe me?' "
 

UT: Gun legislation gets Utah State thinking
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"A bill that will strip the University of Utah of its gun ban is currently under debate in the House and there are mixed feelings on campus at Utah State University about the impact this may have."

"Senate Bill 48 will give the Legislature sole authority to ban and regulate guns, prohibiting universities and other public entities from creating their own rules and policies regarding firearms." ...

"Craig Simper, university counsel and chief of staff at USU, said people are misconstruing this issue to be about guns when it is really about educational freedom."
 

IN: Licensed to carry
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"Ministers, millionaires and newspaper editors are not the only ones who have the permits, however. That's why The News-Sentinel decided to scour the Indiana database of license holders. The database doesn't list occupations, but among the local names recognizable are those of teachers, lawyers, school bus drivers, politicians, real estate developers, builders, nightclub owners, bartenders, tailors, attorneys and a radio talk-show host."

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What moral justification could there possibly be for subjecting law-abiding citizens to possible harassment, loss of employment and criminal victimization just because they choose to exercise their constitutional rights and take responsibility for their own safety?
 

MN: Nonprofits join effort to overturn conceal-carry gun law
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"Five Twin Cities nonprofits have filed legal motions in Ramsey County, joining a lawsuit that seeks to overturn last year's conceal-and-carry gun law."

"People Serving People Inc., People Serving People Charities Inc., Family and Children's Service, YWCA of Minneapolis and Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis joined in the cooperative effort."
 

CO: Local gun show attendance off target
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"Competing gun, knife and coin shows in Denver, Castle Rock and Amarillo, Texas, took a little of the luster from Betty and Jerry Seale's 17th annual gun, knife and coin show in Durango on Sunday." ...

"The Amarillo show is particularly popular, Mrs. Seale said, because it offers old-time cowboy collectibles - cowboy paraphernalia as well as firearms."

"Nevertheless, some 65 licensed gun dealers and hobbyists were displaying their goods in Exhibition Hall."
 

UK: Couple threatened with handgun in "gun-free" UK
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"A Man threatened a couple with a handgun on a busy Gloucester road before stealing their money and a mobile phone."

"The robbery happened in the busy shopping area of Hucclecote Road at 10am on Saturday. A man, aged 18, and woman, 33, were in a dark blue VW Golf, when the offender got into their car through the rear passenger door while they were parked close to the shops."

"He threatened the pair with what is believed to be a handgun before stealing cash and the mobile phone."

"He then ordered the pair to drive on."
 

UK: We locked you up in jail for 25 years and you were innocent all along? That’ll be £80,000 please
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"WHAT do you give someone who’s been proved innocent after spending the best part of their life behind bars, wrongfully convicted of a crime they didn’t commit?"

"An apology, maybe? Counselling? Champagne? Compensation? Well, if you’re David Blunkett, the Labour Home Secretary, the choice is simple: you give them a big, fat bill for the cost of board and lodgings for the time they spent freeloading at Her Majesty’s Pleasure in British prisons."

"On Tuesday, Blunkett will fight in the Royal Courts of Justice in London for the right to charge victims of miscarriages of justice more than £3000 for every year they spent in jail while wrongly convicted. The logic is that the innocent man shouldn’t have been in prison eating free porridge and sleeping for nothing under regulation grey blankets."
 

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