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One Thing Leads to Another: First Guns, Then Knives
Submitted by: Jennifer Freeman
Website: http://www.libertybelles.org

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"Now that private firearm ownership is banned in Australia, criminals have taken to swords and knives to exercise their violent criminal acts. The Aussie government, showing both their cowardice and maliciousness, have now banned the private ownership of swords and knives. They cite the same tired old reasons and use the same tactics that gun-banners have used for years. Self-defense-banners claim that no one really needs to be walking around with a knife. They have instituted a registration program to exempt collectors and the culturally protected from the ban. And although a few may be exempted from the knife ban, they are not exempt from the self-defense ban. Anyone legally owning a knife must keep it locked up and must own a burglar alarm."
 

Military Increasing Domestic Law Enforcement Role With Help From "Conservatives"
Submitted by: The Covenant News
Website: http://www.covenantnews.com/blog/

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"Our Declaration of Independence clearly states that the purpose of government is to 'secure these [God given] rights.' It is not the purpose of government to trample these rights, but that is exactly what our federal government appears to be doing."

"It further appears that when it comes to eviscerating constitutional protections against governmental intrusion into personal liberties, there is little difference between the two major parties. Democrat and Republican administrations alike seem eager to ignore the Constitution and expunge our freedoms."

"Therefore, it is time for the American people to ignore the labels 'conservative' and 'liberal.' They mean very little these days." ...
 

GA: Whiny anti-gunners at AJC complaining about bill protecting gun dealers, gun buyers
Submitted by: Newslinks Admin

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"On Friday, Gov. Sonny Perdue and the Legislature celebrated the valor and service of the Georgia National Guard. If lawmakers really want to honor the state's reserve soldiers, they'll stop a bill that literally puts the Guard in the line of fire during crises."

"State Rep. Curtis S. Jenkins (D-Forsyth) wants to strip the governor of his ability to suspend the sale of firearms during emergencies."

"The state's long-standing 'Emergency Powers Act' awards the governor the authority to restrict sales and transportation of guns, explosives and alcohol in a public health emergency, enemy attack or natural disaster. The act does not permit the confiscation of privately owned weapons; it only curtails the sale of new ones."

"Under Jenkins' bill, virtually no one in state government could shutter a gun store or dealer if there were a riot or civil disturbance in which free-flowing firearms could lead to greater loss of life and endanger police." ...

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During the Rodney King riots in Los Angeles, people who didn't own any firearms suddenly realized they needed them -- but the waiting period prevented them from obtaining any. Barring lawful citizens from obtaining the means to protect themselves during a crisis is insane. Thus, it makes perfect sense that the extremist Atlanta newspaper finds it sensible.
 

NC: Free gun locks are available
Submitted by: Newslinks Admin

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"Law enforcement officials will be giving away thousands of gun locks in an effort to make Durham County a safer place to live."

"Police Chief Steve Chalmers, Sheriff's Chief Deputy Wes Crabtree and others launched the giveaway at a news conference Monday."

" 'We're here today to send a message about firearm safety and to protect our children from needless injury,' Chalmers said. 'Children are curious human beings, and guns can be tempting. They can't distinguish between real guns and fake guns and don't have the judgment to handle any gun.' "

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Well, if you educate your children about firearms and take out the mystique, you won't need to lock up your tool of self defense.
 

NY: Cayuga village retains gun law
Submitted by: New York State Rifle & Pistol Association
Website: http://www.nysrpa.org

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"Cayuga's village board has voted unanimously not to rescind its gun law."

" 'There was a lot of correspondence against rescinding it,' said Mayor Mike Coombs. The only supporters of allowing the discharge of firearms and longbows in the village came from those who attended a January village meeting."

" 'The overwhelming reason (for not rescinding the law) is that the public spoke very clearly that this is what they wanted,' said Coombs. 'And we work for the public.' "

"If the issue was put to a referendum, the board was certain its gun law would hold up." ...
 

NY: They're Quick on the Draw
Submitted by: New York State Rifle & Pistol Association
Website: http://www.nysrpa.org

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"The likes of Buckskin Bruce, Slippery Sue, Ida Shotwell and Broad Side of the Barn are bringing the Old West to Madison County."

"During the week they might be truck drivers, schoolteachers, accountants, waitresses, housewives or retirees."

"But on Saturday, they became Wyatt Earp, Doc Holliday or the Lone Ranger as members of a Central New York cowboy re-enactment shooting club that gathered at the Chittenango Rod and Gun Club for target practice and fun. About 27 people attended Saturday's event, Meyer said."
 

Repeal every law enacted since 1912
Submitted by: Anonymous

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"Today's 'penitentiaries' are a weird invention of the modern 'hygienic' movement. Peaking in the late 19th and early 20th centuries, this is the same movement that assured us society could be 'cleaned up' by banning the legal commerce in alcohol and other plant extracts ('drugs'); aborting and sterilizing the retarded and those of 'inferior races'; putting the government increasingly in charge of child-rearing; coming up with 'modern, humane' methods of execution such as the electric chair, etc."

"In short, these people were dangerous nuts."

"For starters, we could reduce our prison populations by about two-thirds simply by retroactively repealing every law enacted since 1912."

"Was murder illegal by 1912? Of course. Rape? Of course. Kidnapping, armed robbery, bunko fraud? All serious criminal behaviors had been outlawed by 1912. So why have the number of lawbooks on the shelf multiplied tenfold in the past 92 years?"
 

AL: Gun rights restored to former Glencoe mayor
Submitted by: Newslinks Admin

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"The Alabama Board of Pardons and Parole on Tuesday granted former Glencoe Mayor Ronnie Rampey, who was convicted of stealing money from the city, the right to have a gun."

"The board granted Rampey a pardon in 1997 that restored his civil and political rights, but that pardon did not restore his gun rights, as the full pardon Tuesday did."

"Rampey, who was elected mayor of Glencoe four times, has said he wanted his gun rights restored so he could go hunting with his sons. He pleaded guilty in 1989 to a theft charge. He paid back the city of Glencoe $48,905 and served six months in jail."
 

MO: Springfield City Council restricts concealed gun locations
Submitted by: Newslinks Admin

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"The Springfield City Council has put some restrictions on people who get permits to legally carry concealed guns. Council members voted unanimously on Monday night to ban the carrying of concealed weapons in public buildings. In addition, city leaders will look into the possibility of banning concealed weapons in all public spaces, including parks." ...

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Even after people jump through all kinds of unconstitutional hoops just to be able to protect their own precious lives, the enemies of freedom will do everything they can to render them defenseless.
 

KS: Opponents find flaws in concealed gun bill
Submitted by: Newslinks Admin

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"Opponents of a bill permitting Kansans to carry concealed handguns said Tuesday the measure is flawed because people could carry their weapons into churches and places where children gather." ...

"Under the bill, concealed handguns would be prohibited in courthouses, jails, prisons, polling places, bars, taverns, the Statehouse and the Kansas State Fair."

"On Tuesday, Kim Gulley, a lobbyist for the League of Kansas Municipalities, said cities should be allowed to prohibit concealed guns at community centers, parks and swimming pools. And Mark Desetti, lobbyist for the Kansas-National Education Association, said concealed guns should be prohibited wherever school activities occur."
 

Nigeria: Appointment of Provost: Police Gun Down 6 Protesting Students
Submitted by: Newslinks Admin

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"SIX students of the College of Education, Ikere-Ekiti, in Ekiti State, were at the weekend, shot dead by anti-riot policemen, during a violent protest over the choice of a new provost."

"Daily Champion gathered that the students took to the streets to protest the appointment of a new provost after the former was removed by Governor Ayo Fayose, for undisclosed reasons."

"The peaceful demonstration, however, turned violent when a team of anti-riot policemen deployed to the college, tried to disperse them by using teargas and shooting into the air."

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But police would never use their authority and power to deprive people of their rights, would they?
 

MD: Neelsville students arrested for bringing pellet gun to school
Submitted by: Newslinks Admin

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"Four students at Neelsville Middle School in Germantown were arrested and charged Friday with weapons possession for bringing a pellet gun to school, according to police." ...

"If found involved, the students could face up to three years in jail and/or up to a $1,000 fine, Utter said."
 

Will Wal-Mart Track You?
Submitted by: Mark Thomas

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"What do the U.S. Department of Defense and Wal-Mart have in common?"

"The two organizations have become poster children for radio frequency identification (RFID), a technology that will undoubtedly help businesses and other enterprises do a better job of tracking goods, but also makes privacy advocates uneasy. Both organizations are requiring their suppliers to use RFID tags if they want to continue doing business with them." ...

"Is that technologically possible? Yes. Will it happen? Not immediately, if ever. Companies are sensitive to the backlash that RFID might cause, so they're saying all the right things. They've even promised that any tags that go into products would be automatically disabled once the product leaves a store." ...
 

FL: Gun databases are patriotic
Submitted by: Newslinks Admin

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"Huh? Doesn't the Patriot Act allow government to spy into people's lives to ensure they aren't terrorists? Don't terrorists try to obtain guns by purchasing them, or is the old fallacious argument going to be changed to 'assault rifles don't kill people; only terrorists kill people'? "

"Wouldn't our government have more than a passing interest if the guy down the street had just purchased 10 assault rifles and 10,000 rounds of ammunition? ..."

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So violating people's right to privacy and shredding the constitution with the Patriot Act is OK as long as the targets are law-abiding gun owners? In other words, gun bigotry is patriotic.
 

MO: Camden County sheriff plans to implement gun law despite court ruling
Submitted by: Newslinks Admin

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"The Camden County sheriff hopes to begin taking concealed gun applications Tuesday, despite a Supreme Court ruling that he did not have to do so because the contentious new law imposed an unfunded mandate."

"Sheriff John Page testified Monday evening before a Senate committee in favor of legislation that attempts to clear up the confusion over how to implement the concealed guns law following the Feb. 26 court ruling." ...

"He said 87 people already have passed the prerequisite firearms training courses, which the sheriff's office is offering itself instead of referring people to private trainers."
 

Gun Control and Crime
Submitted by: Newslinks Admin

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"Another example of a symbiotic relationship between antagonists is the relationship between armed criminals and the gun control industry. If there were no crimes involving guns, there would be no need for gun control. If there were no gun control, then (theoretically) crime would rise to the point where gun control would be needed to curb crime."

"...In practice, things break down, illustrating that the control of guns is tangentially (if ever) related to the suppression of crime. Study after study shows that increasing gun control laws leads to an increase in crime rather than a decline. ...Has there ever been an example of gun control resulting in a lowering of crime? If so, I am not aware of it. ..."
 

Nigeria: IG Goes Tough, Police to Search Homes for Guns
Submitted by: Newslinks Admin

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"Determined to curb the rising wave of crimes in the country, the police have set up a task force to recover illegal firearms in the country."

"The task force, according to a top aide in the office of the Inspector-General of Police (IGP), would embark on house to house search for illegal arms used in perpetrating crimes in the country."

"...the task force is made up of top detectives from the office of the IGP, informants and top police officers from the state commands."

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So after they have succeeded in making the populace vulnerable to armed thugs how well will they protect their disarmed charges?
 

AL: Another corrupt politician gets his rights restored
Submitted by: Newslinks Admin

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"Lobbyist and former state Senator John Teague has been granted a full pardon. The pardon was granted on Tuesday by the Alabama Board of Pardons and Parole. It came less than two years after Teague served a six-month federal prison sentence that was the result of an investigation of state transportation grants."

"Board chairman Sidney Williams said the pardon restores all of Teague's rights, including the right to vote and to own and possess guns. Teague is a former state senator from Childersburg and one of the best known lobbyists in Montgomery. ...Teague pleaded guilty in 2002 to underpayment of federal income taxes. He was indicted along with former state Transportation Director Jimmy Butts and lobbyist Johnny Moore. ..."
 

UK: Diamond robbers caged
Submitted by: Newslinks Admin

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"THREE robbers who took part in a £260,000 raid on a diamond store have been jailed for a total of 27 years."

"David Mayer, 21, Justin Philip, 25, and Sherome Blair, 22, all from South London, were with a 12-strong gang targeting jewellers on superbikes." ...

"Two men sat on each bike wearing sprayed-black crash helmets, balaclavas and gloves wielding sledgehammers and guns."

"An employee at the store tried to run inside but was followed immediately by two of the raiders."
 

Violence Policy Center Rebuts 'Top Ten Lies' of Fifty Caliber Institute (FCI)
Submitted by: Newslinks Admin

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"The Violence Policy Center (VPC) today released Really Big Guns, Even Bigger Lies, a report rebutting a series of distortions and misstatements made by the Fifty Caliber Institute (FCI) in FCI's specious defense of the civilian sale of 50 caliber anti-armor sniper rifles. The VPC report documents the gun industry front group's misstatements of fact and flatly wrong technical data in its efforts to evade the truth about the public danger posed by the burgeoning civilian market in 50 caliber sniper rifles." ...

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Oh, this is rich, the VPC is accusing someone else of misrepresenting data????? Pot. Kettle. Black.

Here are numerous VPC lies debunked.
 

FL: Former immigration officer sentenced for document fraud
Submitted by: Newslinks Admin

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"A judge sentenced a former immigration inspector to 21/2 years in prison for forging and making fake immigration documents for his girlfriend, her children and her niece."

"Hector Aybar-Mendez's crimes warranted a stiffer sentence than what federal guidelines allowed, said the judge who sentenced him Monday." ...

"Aybar-Mendez worked as a senior immigration inspector for the Bureau of Customs and Border Protection until his arrest at his home last September."

"When arrested, agents found more than a dozen passports in his home, along with two submachine guns, a government-issued pistol and law enforcement credentials that Aybar-Mendez had reported stolen, records show."
 

Canada: Guns needed for defence
Submitted by: Newslinks Admin

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"Ordinary Canadians need guns to defend themselves from wild animals or from 'homicidal rapists or robbers,' says an Alberta judge who ordered government officials to grant a firearms licence to a woman they thought was a suicidal alcoholic."

"People living in 'the coniferous forests of rural Canada' are sometimes killed by bears and cougars if they don't have guns to protect themselves, provincial court Judge Don Demetrick said in a written judgment released Monday." ...

"Decent but defenceless urbanites die annually in Canada as innocent victims of criminal or mentally deranged violence in circumstances where their timely and lawful use of a firearm could have prevented or reduced the tragedy."
 

"The United States has troops in 70 percent of the world’s countries."
Submitted by: Newslinks Admin

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. . . "This means that the United States has troops in 70 percent of the world’s countries. The average American could probably not locate half of these 135 countries on a map."

"To this list could be added regions like the Indian Ocean territory of Diego Garcia, Gibraltar, and the Atlantic Ocean island of St. Helena, all still controlled by Great Britain, but not considered sovereign countries. Greenland is also home to U.S. troops, but is technically part of Denmark. Troops in two other regions, Kosovo and Hong Kong, might also be included here, but the DOD’s "Personnel Strengths" document includes U.S. troops in Kosovo under Serbia and U.S. troops in Hong Kong under China." ...
 

CA: An Open Letter To Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger
Submitted by: John Longenecker
Website: http://CaliforniaMyHome.org

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This open letter narrows the appeal to two issues: that Police have no mandate to protect individuals and successes in the Right To Carry states.

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"When our very governance becomes an issue, the first thing we think about is to redress our grievances to government officials. Not so anymore, it seems." ...
 

The Violence Virus
Submitted by: LFA Editor
Website: http://www.libertyforall.net

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. . . "Culturedogs of all breeds have long panted after the power to dictate what we can watch, hear and read, to little avail. A chronic condition known as the First Amendment has kept them on a short leash. But a herd of major pediatric, psychiatric, and medical groups that "suggests some sort of connection" between fictional TV carnage and real world bloodletting is setting up a medical tactic end run around the pesky Bill of Rights and giving entertainment biz regulators hope." ...
 

Will Some Reservists' Homecoming Be a Jail Cell?
Submitted by: LFA Editor
Website: http://www.libertyforall.net

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. . . "It happened after the first Gulf War. Some of the more than 250,000 reservists called up returned saddled with large child support arrearages they were unable to pay. ... Many reservists and guardsmen currently serving abroad are facing the same problem. Their child support obligations are based on their civilian pay, which is generally higher than active duty pay. When called up they are sometimes obligated to pay an impossibly high percentage of their income in child support." ...
 

FBI pushes for broadband wiretap powers
Submitted by: Sean Glazier

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"A far-reaching proposal from the FBI, made public Friday, would require all broadband Internet providers, to rewire their networks to support easy wiretapping by police."

"The FBI's request aims to give police ready access to any form of Internet-based communications." ...

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They already have a great deal of access but they want even more, and it is already in the law. The FCC writes the regulations the industry has to implement. They already got the laws passed for authorizing the next wave of anti-privacy intrusions.
 

How the boss can monitor you
Submitted by: Sean Glazier

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"We all do it: a bit of online banking, holiday planning and personal e-mailing. There is no harm in it if the boss isn't watching..... is there? Well, your boss just might be watching."

"Just got off the phone to your best friend and about to start surfing the web? Your employer may just be taking more notice of your activities than you think."

"Firms are increasingly using advanced technology to keep an eye on their workers, according to a recent report by the TUC. So what techniques can be used?" ...
 

Privacy Safeguards Deep-Sixed
Submitted by: Sean Glazier

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"Two computer projects designed to preserve the privacy of Americans were quietly killed while Congress was restricting Pentagon data-gathering research in a widely publicized effort to protect citizens from futuristic anti-terrorism tools."

"As a result, the government is quietly pressing ahead with research into high-powered computer data-mining technology without the two most advanced privacy protections developed to police those terror-fighting tools." ...
 

Devices that scan index fingers for identities gaining popularity at retailers
Submitted by: Sean Glazier

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"Will that be cash, check or finger?

"Biometric devices -- which confirm identification by measuring biological or behavioral features -- have been a staple of police work and science-fiction movies for decades. Now they're moving into the everyday world of airports, workplaces and corner markets."

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The best finger to provide when you find yourself the recipient of such a request is the middle one, turned upward.
 

State Department reviewing its Second Amendment Web page (blog)
Submitted by: Randy Hudson

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"Yesterday I posted a list of errors in a State Department-provided Web page on the Second Amendment. Today, an acquaintance tells me that the State Department Web page has been replaced with the text '(The accompanying essay is under review.)' "

"I don't know if they did this in response to my criticism, or to criticism by others. I certainly know that I didn't contact the State Department directly on this. Still, someone must have heard something from someone . . . ."
 

Fingerscans for Passes at DisneyWorld
Submitted by: Sean Glazier

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"Finger scans. Just the mere mention of it suggests something out of a Star Trek movie. But finger scans at Walt Disney World are not evil. In fact, they are a necessity if you purchase certain WDW admission media. Hopefully this will take some of the fear of the unknown out of doing a finger scan for your park admission..."
 

NAACP organizing march against gun violence
Submitted by: Sean Glazier

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"In a push to stop gun violence against children, the Philadelphia NAACP and state Rep. Jewell Williams are organizing a march on April 4."

" 'We have lost 13 school district children to violence since the start of the school year...Any violent action against a child is unacceptable, whether it's one child or 13,' schools CEO Paul Vallas said yesterday in urging citizens to participate." ...
 

Futuristic monitoring gadgets really get under skin
Submitted by: Sean Glazier

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"The government, of course, is thrilled about these microchips. the Defense Department hopes to start replacing dogtags with these chips."

"There will probably be government intervention for the regulation of this technology, but some predict that all newborn babies may one day be implanted with an RFID." ...

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If RFID chips become mandatory for newborns, you can rest assured that the gun banners' fears will finally come to fruition: there will indeed be blood in the streets.
 

Government Agency initiates steps for selective draft
Submitted by: Sean Glazier

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"The government is taking the first steps toward a targeted military draft of Americans with special skills in computers and foreign languages."

"Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld is adamant that he will not ask Congress to authorize a draft, and officials at the Selective Service System, the independent federal agency that would organize any conscription, stress that the possibility of a so-called 'special skills draft' is remote." ...
 

Sea World Biometrically Scanning Visitors at Its Parks
Submitted by: Sean Glazier

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"What he didn't tell me is that I would have to go enroll in their 'passport office.' "

"I learned that 30 seconds after I bought it, and they directed me to an office that resembled a driver's licence facility. After standing in line, we got our passes. Then, we were directed back to the turn styles."

"I was shocked when told by the security guard at the turn style, that I would have to biometrically scan my right hand in order to enter the park." ...
 

MN: Judge expands order on churches' rights to ban guns
Submitted by: Sean Glazier

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"A Hennepin County judge has expanded and extended an injunction that allows churches to ban firearms from their property in spite of the state's concealed-carry gun law."

"District Judge Marilyn Brown Rosenbaum on Tuesday ordered that the temporary injunction she ordered in June be continued indefinitely, meaning it will remain in place until the issue is settled at trial." ...

" 'We're on a roll,' said David Lillehaug, the attorney challenging the gun law on behalf of several churches. 'That is a big victory for these congregations that believe that the presence of firearms is inconsistent with their mission of peacemaking and sanctuary.' " ...

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Attorney David Lillehaug was appointed by President Clinton to be the federal government's chief lawyer in Minnesota. He resigned his position on May 22, 1998, to run an unsuccessful race for Attorney General of Minnesota. [source]
 

SC: Informing S.C. Women About Domestic Violence Gun Law
Submitted by: Sean Glazier

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"A gun-control group and a domestic-violence center have banded together to educate women about a federal law that takes guns away from domestic-violence offenders, the Associated Press reported March 12."

"South Carolina has the highest rate of women killed by men in the nation, and the state ranked fifth in the number of women killed by guns in domestic-violence incidents between 1999 and 2001."

"The campaign by the Americans for Gun Safety Foundation and the National Network Against Domestic Violence is designed to inform women about the legal action they can take to ensure their safety." ...
 

IA: Iowa Law Enforcement Support Strengthening and Renewing Assault Weapons Ban
Submitted by: Sean Glazier

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"Iowans for the Prevention of Gun Violence (IPGV) joined with States United to Prevent Gun Violence, the national coalition of independent state-based organizations, today (March 12th) to urge President Bush and Congress to strengthen and renew the federal ban on military-style, semiautomatic assault weapons. The current assault weapons ban (AWB) is set to expire on September 13, 2004 -- just six months from now." ...

"More than 60 police chiefs and police departments from across the state of Iowa have pledged their support for strengthening and renewing the federal assault weapons ban. The endorsements come from police chiefs and departments in all five congressional districts and from small towns to big cities. Only five police chiefs have indicated their opposition to a ban on assault weapons." ...
 

Philippines: Gun ban nets 1,000-plus violators, mostly at SS-style "checkpoints"
Submitted by: Sean Glazier

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"More than a thousand individuals have been arrested by the National Police for violating the Commission on Election’s gun ban ahead of the May national elections."

"The gun ban, which was imposed on December 15, will remain in force until June 9." ...

"Seized from the suspects were 865 firearms of various caliber, 123 bladed weapons, 36 explosive devices and 312 other deadly weapons." ...

"Most of the arrests were made at the PNP-Comelec checkpoints, scattered throughout the country." ...
 

"Program teaches students gun danger"
Submitted by: Sean Glazier

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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." ...

"Anton says he doesn't need to solve problems with guns. Instead, he's focused on a gun-free future. 'If I stay out of trouble, I'll be able to go to school (and) go to college without being stuck up in jail for the rest of my life.' "

"As for Hunter, he says this program taught him there are better solutions than violence. 'We were learning that guns don't solve things. Instead, go to the police.' " ...

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This isn't about teaching kids about guns. It's teaching kids to fear and hate guns.
 

NY: State Assembly Passes Major Gun Control Package
Submitted by: Sean Glazier

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. . . "The package of bills passed by the Assembly included three of NYAGV's top priorities: 1) A.8542 - expansion of the state's ballistic imaging program known as CoBIS (Combined Ballistic Identification System) to eventually require the imaging of shell casings and bullets for most guns; 2) A.8456 - stricter regulations of gun dealers and increased penalties for gun traffickers and 3) A.4615 - child access prevention requiring gun owners to safely secure their weapons. Additional measures included banning of the .50 caliber sniper rifle, requiring judges to inquire if a defendant owns a handgun before issuing an order of protection, prohibiting violent felons from petitioning to have their ability to own or possess guns restored, and a requirement that handgun makers begin producing guns that cannot be operated by an average 5-year-old." ...
 

VA: BATF's 6-month "investigation" leads to three arrests, charges
Submitted by: Sean Glazier

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"Two licensed gun dealers — including one from Cross Junction — and a third man were arrested Monday in a sting operation in which they were charged with selling weapons to agents posing as convicted felons." ...

"The arrests came Monday after six months of what [U.S. Attorney Paul J.] McNulty described as a 'major gun trafficking investigation' into illegal activities going back more than three years." ...

KABA NOTE:

Any gun dealer selling to anyone who even remotely hints that he or she might be a convicted felon or a drug dealer really isn't too bright. That being said, BATF has mastered the art of deception and entrapment, and their conviction rate is not exactly stellar. So, since this involves BATF, we don't believe a word of it unless a sound jury turns out a conviction. Unfortunately, the chances of any gun dealer facing a jury of his peers is remote.
 

IN: Parents torn between increased safety, government intrusion
Submitted by: Sean Glazier

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Governor considers booster seat law

"Valparaiso resident Doug Shaw doesn't mind the government poking its nose into his Saab hatchback, requiring him to buckle his 6-year-old daughter in a booster seat."

"The seat, which Caroline will have to use until her eighth birthday under a measure Gov. Joe Kernan is considering, props her up about four inches so the shoulder belt crosses her chest instead of her neck. Caroline likes the seat, because the boost allows her to see out the windows, he said." ...

" 'I'm all for protecting the children, but let's not go too far,' Gutherez said. 'It's supposed to be America the free, but this is becoming a police state.' " ...
 

KS: Opponents Say Concealed Carry Bill Too Broad
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"Opponents of a bill permitting Kansans to carry concealed handguns said Tuesday the measure is flawed because people could carry their weapons into churches and places where children gather." ...

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Newsflash: they can already carry anywhere there aren't metal detectors.
 

KS: Senate committee hears from supporters of concealed carry bill
Submitted by: Sean Glazier

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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." ...
 

FL: Passport inspector gets prison (another report)
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"Love, corruption and a submachine gun sent a veteran Immigration inspector to prison for 2-1/2 years Monday."

"Hector Aybar-Mendez's crimes warranted a stiffer sentence than what federal guidelines allowed, according to the judge who sentenced him." ...
 

MO: More Mo. Counties Issuing Concealed Gun Permits
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"Although exempted from a new concealed guns law by the Missouri Supreme Court, sheriffs in three counties are forging ahead anyway with plans to issue permits to local residents." ...

"Greene County began accepting concealed gun applications Monday after the sheriff worked out an alternative funding source. County commissioners voted Monday in Cape Girardeau County and Tuesday in Camden County to also proceed with the law after identifying local funding. Both counties planned to begin accepting applications by appointment on Wednesday." ...
 

KS: Wichita city council votes to sell confiscated firearms rather than destroy them
Submitted by: Sean Glazier

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"Could weapons soon be for sale by the city of Wichita?"

"The Wichita city council votes to sell confiscated firearms, rather than destroy them. The council voted five-to-two to amend the city ordinance allowing them to sell firearms confiscated in municipal cases rather than destroy them."

"In an average year, according to the Wichita police department, officers confiscate up to 1,000 weapons. A portion of those are from municipal cases. The weapons by city code are usually later destroyed."

"It's an item that's on the city council's consent agenda a few times a year. A routine item until today." ...
 

NY: Assembly Speaker: "Fifty-caliber guns have no legitimate purpose"
Submitted by: Sean Glazier

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"The state Senate and Gov. George Pataki on Tuesday criticized the Assembly for opposing two-year-old anti-terrorism proposals, riling Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver whose district was a target of the Sept. 11 attacks." ...

" 'Fifty-caliber guns have no legitimate purpose and to keep them legal is supporting keeping them legal for terrorists and others,' Silver said." ...

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If you'd like to tell this gun bigot that there are .50 caliber sporting events all over the country, here is the contact page on his website:

http://assembly.state.ny.us/mem/?ad=064&sh=con

But in all honesty, lying traitors like this Criminal Punk In Power don't care what you think anyway. There's only one thing thugs like him will ever understand.
 

Canada: Controversial gun ruling may be appealed
Submitted by: Sean Glazier

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Federal Crowns will review a judge's decision to give a gun licence to a woman considered a suicidal alcoholic.

Edmonton provincial court Judge Don Demetrick ruled that the 40-year-old woman should be given a firearms acquisition licence, reversing a decision made by a firearms officer who felt it wasn't safe for her to own a gun.
 

CA: Davis High Zero-tolerance gun policy poorly enforced
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"Davis High School student Adam Liston may not have meant any harm when he brought his shotgun to school two days in a row. While his expulsion for violating the school's zero-tolerance policy against firearms was justified, it was also poorly administered." ...

"A zero-tolerance policy is only effective if immediately and thoroughly enforced. This did not happen with respect to Liston. The school employee who first saw his weapon - as he dropped a friend off at school - did nothing to immediately alert authorities as should have been done. It took a second violation the following morning for authorities to take action." ...

"Liston was not aggressive with the weapon - it was found in a cardboard box in his truck. His friends have vouched for him; his mother, the PTA president, has resigned her post in light of her son's expulsion, decrying the zero-tolerance policy she and her son agreed to upon enrollment in DHS." ...
 

AR: Man convicted of rape in 1988 is out and kidnapping/ sexually assaulting people in 2004
Submitted by: Sean Glazier

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And we are supposed to trust the government to protect us?
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"A convicted rapist and registered sex offender out on parole, used a stun gun to paralyze his estranged wife, Sunday, allegedly kidnapping her, along with her nine-year-old boy, driving them to a remote White County location before overdosing, enabling the woman and child to escape." ...

"Rorex is a registered sex offender and is currently registered in Independence County. He was convicted of three counts of rape in 1988 and was sent to the Department of corrections, Detective Brenda Bittle of the Independence Sheriff's Department said. He received a 30-year sentence and was paroled in 1999."

"The bench warrant for Rorex's arrest on a charge of sexual assault with a child is in reference to an event last summer where Rorex allegedly groped a 12-year-old girl."
 

Bogus State Department "Report" Espousing Second Amendment Lies Pulled from Government Website
Submitted by: Evan F. Nappen, Esq.
Website: http://www.evannappen.com

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Thanks to gun rights activists' fury, the flawed State Department article espousing Second Amendment Lies has been pulled and "(The accompanying essay is under review.)"

GOOD WORK GUYS!

KABA NOTE:

Our message to the lying sacks at the U.S. State Department responsible for publishing that pack of anti-gun, anti-Bill of Rights spew is real simple: MOLON LABE!
 

Yemem: "Law regarding the possession and carrying of arms" blocked
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Yemen is the only Arab country with close to free elections. That is not an accident. They have a guns-to-people ratio to be admired. Needless to say, the control freaks don't like it.
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"Mr. Sultan Al-Barakani, Head of the PGC block in Parliament, accused Sheikh Abdullah Hussein Al-Ahmar, Speaker of Parliament and Chairman of Islah Party, of standing against the proposed law regarding the possession and carrying of arms. The Speaker has blocked all chances of its endorsement, stated Barakani, in a statement published by PGC Net." ...

"Yemeni people carry arms publicly, especially in rural and remote areas, regardless of police efforts. Unofficial statistic indicates that nearly 50 million firearms are in the hands of citizens of this poor country, whose population is approximately 18.5 Million." ...
 

NC: Man stabbed twice shoots knife attackers, one dies
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. . . "When a pool table did not immediately become available, Hedgepeth went to sit in his car. He was confronted by Otis Richardson and Derrick Richardson."

"The three got into an argument and Hedgepeth was cut twice in the left side of the neck."

"After the second cut, Hedgepeth got a .380-caliber semi-automatic handgun from his car and allegedly fired between three to five shots." ...

"Hedgepeth was released from custody after he was treated at the hospital and the county district attorney's office is also investigating the matter to determine whether charges will be filed."

"There may be some issues of self-defense that need to be further investigated, [Halifax County Sheriff's Office Major Wes] Tripp said Saturday."
 

MI: Charges "didn't appear likely" against woman who stabbed man - self-defense cited
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FULL TEXT BELOW...
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The right of the people to keep and bear arms includes all arms -- including a steak knife.

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A 38-year-old Jackson man was taken to Foote Hospital after being stabbed in the neck during an argument with his girlfriend Monday night, Jackson police said.

About 9:15 p.m., police were called to a domestic assault complaint in the 800 block of First Street. A 26-year-old woman told officers she stabbed the man with a steak knife in self-defense after he punched her at least three times.

The man, whose condition was not available from the hospital, was believed to be stable, Deputy Chief Matt Heins said.

The man will likely be charged with domestic assault. Charges against the woman didn't appear likely at this point, Heins said.
 

"Liberal Double Talk"
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. . . "Choice is another term Democrats love to use repeatedly. When a Democrat says he supports choice what he really means is he supports only a woman’s right to abort her unborn child. Choice for schools? No! Choice to carry a firearm for self-defense? No! Choice to privatize your Social Security? No!" ...

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The anti-gunners who preach about choice but oppose the choice to carry a firearm for self-defense actually mean "we want to make your choices for you."
 

RI: Cop kills family pet in occupied apartment, search turns up empty anyway
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Police were searching for a relative of the people in the apartment. They let the officers in. The search never turned up the wanted suspect, and the family pooch got killed in the process:

. . . "One of the dogs, a 13-year-old mixed-breed female named Roxanne -- the more docile of the pair, according to Anita Russell -- was sniffing around the officers in the kitchen, Russell said. 'They were petting her and smiling,' she said." ...

"Then Roxanne apparently ran out of the kitchen and into the living room where officer Joel Saccoccio was standing."

"But the Russells claim Roxanne merely barked once before Saccoccio shot her in the mouth." ...

"Blood stains were smeared across the living room carpet. The dog’s teeth were still lying on the floor when a reporter arrived at the apartment at about 1:30 p.m. Family and friends were gathered in the kitchen, crying openly." ...

" '(Saccoccio) needs to be suspended. He doesn’t need to be on the force at all,' John Russell said. 'When (Anita Russell) let him in, she let evil into this house.' " ...
 

IN: Charges unlikely against woman who killed husband with a hammer (follow-up)
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"A man who died after his wife hit him with a hammer had a history of domestic violence, investigators say. The woman is unlikely to be charged in what they believe was a case of self-defense." ...

"Officers had contacted Don Robinson twice before, most recently in April 2000, when, police said, he ransacked his house, threatened his wife and cut his left hand."

"Sunday night, he tore apart their house ... At about 9 p.m., he attacked her. That's when she told her 12-year-old son to get something she could defend herself with and he came back with a hammer." ...
 

Creating Iraq In Our Image
Submitted by: Vladimir Kushnir
Website: http://vkus.freeyellow.com

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"Article 17 is the worst one of all: 'It shall not be permitted to possess, bear, buy, or sell arms except on licensure issued in accordance with the law.' "

"As that great humanitarian and central planner, Chairman Mao, once put it: 'Political power grows out of the barrel of a gun.' The Founding Fathers understood that an armed society deters absolute power. Our Second Amendment was meant to prevent the rise of men like Mao and Saddam. Yet, in spite of this tradition, America oversees the birth of democracy in a country where empowerment will be handed out like rations by the government."

"... there's something we can learn from their constitution. For it doesn't mirror our own Constitution, but the God-State we've become since it was written."

"And if that's the brand of democracy we're exporting, how's it reflect on Americans back home?"
 

 QUOTES TO REMEMBER
Among the many misdeeds of the British rule in India, history will look upon the act of depriving a whole nation of arms, as the blackest. — Mahatma Gandhi

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