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Smart guns don't always make the grade
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
Website: http://home.comcast.net/~bruce.krafft

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"Sheriff's Deputy Nathan Hollingsworth looked down the barrel of his partner's gun, closed his eyes and started to pray."

"The 24-year-old rookie's partner was mortally wounded, shot three times with his own weapon, and now the killer was pointing the .45-caliber Glock service pistol at Hollingsworth's head." ...

"A 'smart gun' might have saved the life of his partner, Deputy Toney Summey ..." ...

"Yet despite millions of federal dollars poured into developing a personalized handgun that only the owner can fire, there still is no magic bullet - and many law enforcement officials and gun experts are leery of the idea." ...

"'They haven't come up with a [foolproof] gun yet and if they do we're not sure we're interested,' said Jim Pasco, executive director of the 318,000-member Fraternal Order of Police." ...
 

AZ: Pediatricians Giving Out Gun Locks
Submitted by: New York State Rifle & Pistol Association
Website: http://www.nysrpa.org

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"The next time you take your children to the pediatrician, you may get something extra: a gun lock." ...

"Authorities say it shouldn't sound weird when you consider misuse of guns is the second leading cause of death for children ages 10 to 19. Doctors will be getting the locks from the Pima County Attorney's office."

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NC: Police angry over courthouse ban on guns
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"Four years ago, Mecklenburg's sheriff, senior resident superior court judge and commissioners chairman ordered that police officers not be allowed to carry weapons into Charlotte's new courthouse now under construction."

"Last week's deadly shooting rampage at the courthouse in Atlanta further upset Charlotte-Mecklenburg police about the ban on weapons." ...

"Without being able to bring in their guns, he said, the officers in the courtroom would become merely targets."
 

DEA Agent Suspended After Shooting Video Surfaces
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"An agent with the U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency was been suspended after video surfaced showing the man shooting himself during a gun safety class in front of a group of Orlando fourth-graders, according to Local 6 News."

"An investigation has been launched to determine who leaked the home video of the undercover DEA agent shooting himself at an event sponsored by the Orlando Minority Youth Golf Association." ...

"This is a Glock 40... Fifty Cent, Too Short, all of them talk about a Glock 40, OK? ...I'm the only one in this room professional enough that I know of to carry this Glock 40."

"Seconds later, the agent shot himself in the foot."
 

NE: Concealed weapon debate returns
Submitted by: New York State Rifle & Pistol Association
Website: http://www.nysrpa.org

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"After languishing for a year in legislative limbo, the push to allow Nebraskans to carry concealed weapons has returned. The Judiciary Committee on Thursday discussed a concealed-weapons measure (LB454) by Sen. Jeanne Combs of Friend — a card-carrying member of the National Rifle Association."

"She and other supporters of the idea say it is their constitutional right to carry a concealed weapon and that doing so will help thwart crime."

"It's high time that law-abiding citizens have a way to legally to carry concealed weapons... because God knows there are plenty of those carrying right now wherever we go ... who have bad intentions."
 

NH: Teen’s yearbook gun photo effort misfires
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"A high school senior's bid to have his shotgun in his yearbook portrait was rejected yesterday by a federal judge."

"U.S. District Judge Steven McAuliffe ruled in Douglass v. Londonderry School that Blake Douglass failed to prove that school officials violated his First Amendment rights."

"He said the decision to withhold publishing the picture was made by student editors, whose decisions are protected by the First Amendment."
 

DE: Woman Shoots At Half-Naked Burglar
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"A Wilmington woman got the scare of her life when a nearly naked intruder broke into her home, but she turned the tables on the man, who quickly turned tail and ran."

"According to police, Keith Simpson, 32, was wearing nothing more than a red T-shirt when he tried to break into her house Friday morning."

"Pettaway grabbed her son and her gun and started to call 911."

"That was when the half-naked Simpson broke through Pettaway's back door."

" 'The next thing you know, I just heard somebody in my house and I ran midpoint down the steps and I fired shots randomly," Pettaway said."
 

CA: Resident scares away intruder at Fairfield home [by shooting at him, then holds him at gunpoint for the police]
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"A man who fled a mental health evaluation at Travis Air Force Base was found trying to break into a house, Fairfield police said Wednesday."

"Cole Richardson, a 21-year-old military dependent living on the base, alarmed a resident by banging on a sliding glass door to a bedroom around 1 a.m. Wednesday, said police Lt. Tony Shipp."

"The resident told investigators that he armed himself with a handgun and went to investigate. Shipp said that when the resident saw Richardson, clad only in a pair of underwear and still attempting to enter the house, he fired his weapon. He then went outside, fired additional shots and held the suspect at gunpoint until police arrived." ...
 

FL: Self-Defense Downright Offensive
Submitted by: New York State Rifle & Pistol Association
Website: http://www.nysrpa.org

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"The state of Florida soon might be known for more than spring training camps and flawed election recount methods. A new bill, sponsored by the National Rifle Association and supported by Republican lawmakers in the state House and Senate, would lax the requirements for using deadly force in self defense."

"So far this sounds reasonable. Why shouldn't people be allowed to use force to protect themselves and their family? However, the bill would set ridiculously flaccid standards as to when deadly force could be used. ..." ...

"Consider that Florida has the fourth highest crime rate in the nation, the second-highest violent crime rate, and the 21st highest murder rate. This is without the passage of the bill. Allowing greater power to use guns to citizens already in a crime hotbed is simply negligent."
 

UK: The cluelessness of the British citizenry
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"Zero tolerance, 25 years for owning any gun, including air-guns. No licenses for any purpose whatsoever, no clubs, no fakes, no decommissioned weapons. £10,000 reward and anonymity for reporting any gun ownership. Censorship on all films and games involving guns or ammunition, including old-favourites like 'High Noon'." ...

"...The easy availability of guns in the US is one (not the only) factor in gun crime in the US. If guns were as easily available in the UK as the are in the US (thankfully they aren't) there would be far more gun crime." ...

"Zero tolerance to all gun crime. Immediate ban on replica weapons of all types." ...

"Re-introduce death penalty for killing using a gun."

 

OH: Gun law might undergo revision
Submitted by: New York State Rifle & Pistol Association
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"For the first time since Ohioans have been permitted to carry hidden guns, legislators want to revisit the year-old law to address complaints that rules about guns in cars are too strict and that journalists should not have access to lists of permit-holders."
 

ID: Firth gunsmith devotes life to firearms, wildlife conservation
Submitted by: New York State Rifle & Pistol Association
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" 'Gunsmiths were about a half-inch below God to me as a kid,' said Kontes. 'When I took my rifle in to one and he screwed it up, I decided if he could be a gunsmith so could I.' "

"Sixty years later the quiet man from Firth is receiving national recognition for his work, generosity and support of conservation groups from Safari Club International to Pheasants Forever, Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation, Ducks Unlimited, National Rifle Association and the Southeast Idaho Mule Deer Foundation."
 

UK: Politician accused of "insensitivity" for stating the truth
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"MICHAEL HOWARD infuriated relatives of Dunblane victims yesterday by expressing regret over the handgun ban."

"The Conservative leader was also confronted by the mother of a toddler killed by an air gun who accused him of 'insensitivity'. Mr Howard had just said he thought that more bans on guns would not solve anything."

"Mr Howard used a radio interview to say that the handgun prohibition that he initiated after the Dunblane massacre had 'gone too far'."
 

NJ: Rare 1750s rifle goes on display
Submitted by: New York State Rifle & Pistol Association
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"Moravian Historical Society curator Mark Turdo knows it may be difficult to get excited over an old gun."

"But not too difficult."

"In an effort to stir historical interest, the society will present a recently acquired local treasure for one night only today when it invites the public to view a Pike Smooth rifle made in the 1750s."
 

NV: PV student allegedly brings gun, two knives to school
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"A 16-year old student at Pahrump Valley High School was arrested March 11 after he allegedly brought a handgun and two knives on school grounds."

"At approximately 12:15 p.m., it was reported Ninth Grade Academy students, who claimed a male student showed them a handgun, approached Deputy Don Boulden on campus. The students gave the deputy the name of the alleged gun carrier."

"The students told Boulden the 16-year-old was carrying the gun in his backpack, according to reports. The deputy gathered the students' statements and started his investigation. ..."
 

MD: Seventh Grader Suspended For Allegedly Bringing Gun To School
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"A seventh-grader in Pocomoke City has been suspended from school for ten days, and faces possible expulsion, for allegedly bringing a gun to school."

"Police say the unloaded .25 caliber pistol was found Monday in the student's locker at Pocomoke Middle School. Principal Caroline Bloxom says the search was prompted by a tip she received from another student."
 

UK: Pervert high on drugs and booze raped OAP
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"A PERVERT high on a cocktail of Valium and Buckfast repeatedly raped a frail pensioner, a court heard."

"Twenty-year-old Robert Lannigan stripped his terrified 64-year-old victim before subjecting her to a horrifying ordeal in her home"

"She had suffered 16 strokes over a 20-year-period, was paralysed on her left side and partially blind..."

"Later as Lannigan raped her again she begged him to stop saying she was in great pain and was bleeding, but he refused."

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Submitter's Note: While politicians in Toronto consider giving taxpayer-financed Heroin to its drug addicts, we're reminded of the dangers of drug abuse -- especially in those countries where self-defense has been outlawed.
 

PA: Street's plan on permits is criticized [by Diane Edbril, executive director of CeaseFire PA]
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"A leading gun-control lobbyist said yesterday that Mayor Street's proposal to impose a moratorium on concealed-weapon "carry permits" would not do much to reverse the sharp spike in homicides."

"The same sentiment was voiced by city residents sitting in a crowded office awaiting the police interview required to obtain a carry permit."

"'All the crime going on, none of those people have permits,' said a 30-year-old North Philadelphia forklift driver, a father of two ..." ...

"Street's potential moratorium would not prohibit anyone from purchasing a handgun or other weapon."

"Rather, he is considering a 90-day moratorium on issuing the permits required to carry a concealed weapon." ...
 

OH: Opponent wants to keep permit holders' names available
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"An opponent of Ohio's concealed-weapons law hopes lawmakers fail in any attempt to restrict the media's access to the names of permit holders."

"The public cannot find out who holds permits to carry hidden guns, so it's important that journalists maintain that access, Toby Hoover, director of Ohioans Against Gun Violence, said Thursday."

"Some proponents of the year-old concealed weapons law want to reopen it this summer because of complaints from permit holders that publishing their names would endanger them and their families. Hoover said it's the safety of permit holders' neighbors that should be the main concern."
 

UK: Police Chief Voiced Gun Crime Fears
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"Even as the trial into the deaths of Charlene Ellis and Letisha Shakespeare progressed, the Chief Constable of West Midlands Police expressed concerns about people brandishing guns on the streets."

"Paul Scott-Lee said it was 'a miracle' more people had not been shot as his officers were threatened by people waving firearms around in the city on a weekly basis."

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So the gun ban is not doing anything to stop gun crime, but a politician gets accused of "insensitivity" for pointing out that more ineffective bans are not the answer.
 

OH: Meadowdale Student Suspended For Bringing Gun To School
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"A sophomore at Meadowdale High School brought a gun to school on Friday for reasons unknown, according to authorities. Jill Moberyl, a school spokesperson said the student surrendered the weapon to administrators after another student reported the weapon."
 

PA: Take aim at the madness
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"The criminal justice system must now do its job and deal severely with the guilty. But the urgency of protecting Philadelphians also demands more action from elected and appointed officials."

"Philadelphia and Pennsylvania need to reorder their priorities: The right of children and adults to be safe must be put ahead of criminals' ability to easily obtain firearms."
 

Second Amendment deserves same support as the First (Letter)
Submitted by: News Admin

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"It is truly amazing that the Times will defend the First Amendment rights of any group - communist, terrorist or otherwise - yet support the trampling of Second Amendment rights on a wholesale basis."

"Rather than calling for our gun laws, which are already too strict, to be tightened so that anyone who is on a so-called terrorist watch list will be refused the right to legally purchase a handgun, the Times should be questioning why these U.S. citizens were placed on a watch list to begin with. Doesn't this have the taint of profiling?"
 

UK: Gang guilty of killing girls in botched revenge shooting
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"Four members of a gang have been convicted of shooting dead two teenage girls outside a party during a botched revenge attack." ...

"The shooting, in which two other young women were also injured, provoked a national outcry about gun and gang culture, the ready availability of automatic weapons and the violence between young gangsters. ..."

 

Zimbabwe: Stop Abuse of Guns By Security Forces
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"THE unabated rise in cases of members of the uniformed forces committing murder or suicide with weapons entrusted to them as law-enforcing agents calls for urgent redress."

"Police, soldiers and prison officers are viewed as disciplined forces who should enforce peace and security in any society or country, yet the prevalence of such cases run contrary to this notion."
 

South Africa: Act will put more guns on the street
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"In compliance with the Firearms Control Act, Act 60 of 2000, I have recently completed the competency assessment to own a firearm for sporting and/or self-defence purposes."

"If successful I will be able to own one handgun for self-defence and up to two rifles for hunting or other sporting activities."

"I currently own a total of seven weapons, five handguns and two rifles. Of these I only purchased one handgun."

"The other six weapons became my property on the death of my father. They are well kept and are safely under lock and key."

"Now I have to get rid of four handguns. So, what are my options?" ...
 

UK: History of Gun Violence
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"The deaths of Charlene Ellis and Letisha Shakespeare have not stopped gun violence in Birmingham and the West Midlands. ..."

The story includes a lengthy list of gun crimes in the area that took place despite the British gun ban.
 

UK: Hospital on the Front Line of Gun Crime
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"Birmingham’s City Hospital has had to deal with increasing numbers of gun crime victims in recent years."

"One doctor, seconded for front-line medical duty during the Iraq conflict in 2003, claimed his time at the hospital helped him treat many battlefield injuries."

"In the financial year 2002/03, 54 people were treated for gunshot wounds. In 2003/04, that nearly doubled to 106."

"But since April 1 last year, only 12 people have been seen. The reduced figure may be due to a police campaign to reduce gun violence or it may be distorted by victims who do not come forward for treatment."

"But doctors are still concerned about the increase in stabbings. ..."
 

TX: Bill Would Keep Gun Owners' Names Secret
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"The identities of concealed handgun carriers in Texas would be kept secret under a House bill designed to protect gun owners - a proposal critics deride as 'paranoia' and government secrecy."

"Current law requires the state to disclose whether a person is licensed to carry concealed guns in response to open-records requests."

"The House gave its preliminary approval of the secrecy bill Thursday, and it is expected to shoot through final passage as well."
 

NJ: Ongoing gun issue
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"The debate on the issue as to whether or not the William Paterson police should continue carrying guns started out rather slowly last week and is now left with a cliffhanger ending." ...

"Eric Sullivan, a student who attended one of the sessions, objected to the idea of guns being used by police." ...

"Other audience members who said they feared being bullied by police and they are allowed to carry hand guns."

"A faculty member, Joe Von Putten, felt different, pointing out that the police do not always just rush in and use force." ...

"Other audience members who said the police are doing a good job and need the guns to continue doing that job. Some even said that knowing the police are armed made them feel safer."
 

OH: Number of women registered to carry guns surprising
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"Eleven percent of those who have gotten permits to carry concealed guns from the Ottawa County Sheriff's Office are women."

"Of the 412 permits the sheriff's office has issued since the law took effect April 8, 44 have been given to women, said Rhonda St. Clair, director of administration for the Ottawa County Sheriff's Office." ...

"Some legislators want to change the laws regarding the permits. Rep Bill Seitz, a Cincinnati Republican, is considering amending a bill that would require government offices to have their public records policies include his proposal."
 

 QUOTES TO REMEMBER
"There's no legitimate use for a gun like this." --Chicago Police Superintendent Philip Cline, brandishing a 9mm semiautomatic handgun at a news conference (Chicago Tribune, "Special unit hauling in guns, drugs" by Glenn Jeffers, January 29, 2004)

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